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The lunatics sent to torture the Duchess: PD.88-1993

Object information

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The lunatics sent to torture the Duchess


Draughtsman: Ayrton, Michael



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From the Biffen Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 246 mm
Width: 154 mm

Relative size of this object

15.4 m24.6 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1993) by Abbot and Holder


For an edition of The Duchess of Malfi (Act IV, Scene II), drawn in 1945

School or Style


Materials used in production

Black wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Pen and ink : Pen and ink, black crayon and black wash with white highlights on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: michael ayrton
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: Lines 40 - 116 / Act IV Scene II no V
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.88-1993
Primary reference Number: 8606
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 23 July 2021 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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