Skip to main content

A study for "The Prodigal Son": 2137

An image of Drawing

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


A study for "The Prodigal Son"


Draughtsman: Puvis de Chavannes, Pierre




History note: Puvis de Chavannes effects (Lugt 2104)

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Height: 421 mm
Width: 322 mm

Acquisition and important dates

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

School or Style


Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of tracing paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Charcoal on tracing paper, squared for transfer

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Dupré, Paris, (frame makers?)
  • Location: Old backing
  • Method of creation: Label
  • Text: no. 9582 / P. de Chavannes / l'enfant prodigue
  • Location: Old backing
  • Method of creation: Label
  • Text: 303
  • Location: Old backing
  • Method of creation: Blue chalk
  • Text: Study for "Le Travail Musee d'A" (crossed out and "The Prodigal Son" substituted; in Rickett's hand) The Property of / Charles Ricketts & Charles Shann / Lansdown House / Lansdown Rd / Holland Park
  • Location: Old backing
  • Method of creation: Label
  • Text: 18v
  • Location: Old backing
  • Method of creation: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2137
Primary reference Number: 6729
Lugt: 2104
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "A study for "The Prodigal Son"" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-06-16 17:48:22

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=A study for "The Prodigal Son" |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-06-16 17:48:22|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="A study for "The Prodigal Son""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">A study for "The Prodigal Son"</figcaption>

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...