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A rider on a rearing horse: PD.44-1999

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A rider on a rearing horse


Leonardo da Vinci


History note: Sir Peter Lely (Lugt 2092); the Earls of Pembroke; Pembroke Sale, Sotheby's, 10 July 1917, lot 467; Henry Oppenheimer, his sale, Christie's, 10-14 July 1936, lot 106; bought by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. for Captain Norman Colville, M.C.

Legal notes

Acquired from the Trustees of Colonel Norman R. Colville, deceased, by Private Treaty Sale from the Gow, Cunliffe, Leverton Harris, Perrins and Reitlinger funds, with a contribution from The Art Fund, The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and a grant from the Pilgrim Trust, with contributions from Mrs Monica Beck, David Scrase and an anonymous donor, 1999

Measurements and weight

Height: 141 mm
Width: 119 mm

Relative size of this object

11.9 m14.1 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1999) by Colville, Norman R., Colonel, the trustees of


Production date: not before AD/CE 1481

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Materials used in production

Brown ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper ( the sheet cut from a larger one; the upper corners cut diagonally)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Metalpoint reinforced with pen and brown ink on a pinkish prepared paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.44-1999
Primary reference Number: 52
Lugt: 2092
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 16 July 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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