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Ecorché of the 'Dying Gaul': PD.32-1990

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Current Location: In storage


Ecorché of the 'Dying Gaul'


Draughtsman: Linnell, William



Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1990) by Burton, Joan Linnell


Production date: AD 1840-02


Submitted to the Royal Academy Schools to show sufficient proficiency in draughtsmanship to gain a ticket for admission to the Schools in 1840.

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Materials used in production

Black ink
White bodycolour

Components of the work

Support composed of paper
Sight Size Height 484 mm Width 725 mm
Work Size Height 538 mm Width 765 mm
Mount Size Height 685 mm Width 93 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and black ink with white bodycolour highlights over graphite underdrawing, on two pieces of paper, stuck together

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Obliqus
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: numbers correspond to drawing

  • Text: 1 Musculus frontalis. / 2 Temporalis. / 3 Trapezius. / 4 Mastoideus. / Deltoides. / 6 Pectoralis. / 7 Biceps flexor cubili. / 8 Bruchiaeus internus. / 9 Triceps extensor cubili. / 10 Latissimus dorsi. / 11 Serratus major anticus. / 12 Obliquus descendens abdominis. / 13 Rectus abdominis. / 14 Supinator radii longus. / 15 Extensor carpi radialis primus. / 15c Extensor carpi radialis secundus. / 16 Extensor communis digitorum. / 17 Flexor carpi radialis. / 18 Extensor pollicis primus. / 18 Extensor pollicis secundus. / 19 Extensor carpi ulnaris. / 20 Membranossus. / 21 Sartorius. / 22 Vastus externus / 23 Rectus femoris. / 24 Vastus internus. / 25 The large head of the triceps. / 26 Gracilis / 27 Tibialis anticus. / 28 Gastrocnemius. / 29 Solaeus. / 30 Extensores digitorum.
  • Location: Upper centre and right, in two columns
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Text: William Linnell
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: for a Students Ticket febr 1840
  • Location: Lower right, below the above
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Date

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.32-1990
Primary reference Number: 82020
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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