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Reclining female nude: PD.46-1959

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Reclining female nude


Draughtsman: Matisse, Henri




History note: Bt. by the Leicester Galleries from the artist

Measurements and weight

Height: 254 mm
Width: 395 mm

Relative size of this object

39.5 m25.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1959-05) by Knowles, Guy John Fenton

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black chalk

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( a double sheet of white paper, folded in half; only used on one side)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Black chalk (some corrections made in white heightening) on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Henri -- Matisse
  • Location: Lower left-hand corner
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: in a circle

  • Text: 10
  • Location: On the half of the sheet
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Exhibition of works by Henri Matisse, London, Leicester Galleries, January 1928, no. 46, "Nu, tete vue de profil"; purchaser, Capt. G.J.F. Knowles
  • Location: Old frame
  • Method of creation: Label
  • Text: Dessin
  • Location: On the backing
  • Method of creation: Blue chalk

Inscription present: in a circle

  • Text: 10
  • Location: On the backing
  • Method of creation: Blue chalk

Inscription present: in a circle

  • Text: 10
  • Location: On the backing
  • Method of creation: Red chalk, corrected in blue chalk

Inscription present: circular

  • Text: Douane Centrale Paris
  • Location: On the backing
  • Method of creation: Stamp

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.46-1959
Primary reference Number: 6575
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 24 May 2022 Last processed: Monday 25 July 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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