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Head of William Blake (1757-1827): M.7-1947

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Current Location: In storage


Head of William Blake (1757-1827)


Maker: De Ville, James S.




Plaster cast, with shellac? coating. The neck rises from a circular base. In black tin trunk (A) with key (B) not accessioned

Legal notes

Given by Lady Richmond

Measurements and weight

Depth: 22.2 cm
Height: 29.3 cm
Width: 17.6 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947-07-18) by Richmond, Lady


Early 19th Century
George IV
Production date: AD 1823 : The life mask was taken on September 1823

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Components of the work

Surface composed of shellac ( probably)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Plaster cast, with shellac ? coating

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7-1947
Primary reference Number: 77336
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 March 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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