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A study for "The Prodigal Son": 2137

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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

Relative size of this object

32.2 m42.1 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

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

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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
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 7 June 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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