Skip to main content

Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks: PD.31-1986

An image of Drawing

Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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.

Colours in this image

Alternative views

Object information


Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks


Morghen, Giovanni Elia (Draughtsman)


History note: Christie's, 8 April 1986 lot 175, where bought through Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox

Legal notes

Through Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, from the Biffen Fund.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1986) by Christie's

School or Style

Italian Florentine School

Materials used in production

Grey wash
Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down) Mount Height 403 mm Width 304 mm
Antelopes Height 45 mm Width 213 mm
Sea-snakes Height 48 mm Width 222 mm
Peacocks Height 49 mm Width 173 mm
Fish Height 49 mm Width 215 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Point of the brush and grey wash, pen and brown ink over graphite all laid down on a pink and grey washed mount

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Herculaneum Gio Morgen 1796
  • Location: Mount, lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.31-1986
Primary reference Number: 7605
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Thursday 17 March 2022

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 (2022) "Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks" Web page available at: Accessed: 2022-07-06 21:37:34

Citation for Wikipedia

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

{{cite web|url= |title=Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2022-07-06 21:37:34|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="Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Murals from Herculaneum: two entwined snakes, fish, antelope and peacocks</figcaption>

Please enter your name as you would like to be addressed
Please enter your email address
The object accession number - this is prefilled
Please enter your query with as much detail as possible

More objects and works of art you might like

Tile panel with blue peacocks

Accession Number: C.1-1976

Standing figure of a man holding two snakes

Accession Number: Marlay 40-pl.17


Accession Number: GR.71.1901

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

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