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The Holy Family, with the Infant St. John and St. Elisabeth: PD.32-1956

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Holy Family, with the Infant St. John and St. Elisabeth


Draughtsman: Speeckaert, Hans




History note: Lord Arundel?; N. Lanier (1588-1666) (Lugt 2888); N. Hone (sic. Poynter Sale Cat.); A. Ch. His de la Salle (1795-1878) (Lugt 1333); Sir Edward J. Poynter, Bart, K.C.V.O., R.A., (1836-1919) (Lugt 874); his sale, Sotheby's, 24 April 1918, part of lot 14 (together with PD.31-1956); bt. Messrs Agnew for £6/10/- on behalf of Charles Clarke Esq (d. 1935), bequeathed to his brother, Louis C.G. Clarke Esq (1881-1960)

Measurements and weight

Height: 115 mm
Width: 54 mm

Relative size of this object

5.4 m11.5 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1956-07-19) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Formerly catalogued as 'Italian School, Attributed to Domenico Beccafumi'

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Brown wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink, brown wash on paper, bordered on all sides with a line of brown wash

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: mano di Mecarino da Siena
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Blue ink
  • Text: E.J.P.
  • Location: Old mount
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: La St Famille qui est dessous, est de Beccafumi et a fait partie de la col. de Cmte d'Arundel (perhaps the handwriting of His de la Salle)
  • Location: Old mount, verso
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.32-1956
Primary reference Number: 7090
Lugt: 2888
Lugt: 1333
Lugt: 874
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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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