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'The Pen is Mightier than the Sword': 2068

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'The Pen is Mightier than the Sword'


Goya y Lucientes, Francisco José de (Draughtsman)


History note: Ricketts and Shannon

Measurements and weight

Height: 192 mm
Width: 156 mm

Relative size of this object

15.6 m19.2 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


1819 CE - 1828 1828 CE

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Materials used in production

Black chalk

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper (fibre product)

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Black chalk or lithographic crayon, on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 7 (by the artist, altered from 6)
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Chalk
  • Text: Goya
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2068
Primary reference Number: 6000
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 28 September 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 28 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Drawing" Web page available at: Accessed: 2021-12-07 22:25:42

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