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Old Bill at Madame Cheerio's: PD.2-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Old Bill at Madame Cheerio's


Draughtsman: Bairnsfather, Bruce




History note: Messrs. Abbott & Holder, from whom purchased (£17.50p) - see their list, November 1971 (24)

Measurements and weight

Height: 377 mm
Width: 265 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1972-01) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash
Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of illustration board

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Indian ink and grey washes over graphite, heightened with white, on a trimmed drawing board

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Bruce / Bairnsfather
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: (the inscription obscured by glue and traces of an earlier mount

  • Text: It was Bert, who persuaded Old Bill to go and see Madame Cheerio / the Egyptian Palmist, before he caught the train at Victoria
  • Location: Lower margin
  • Method of creation: White
  • Text: He didnt like the sound of the forecast at all / "you are shortly going on a journey across a field, / an ugly man with a square head will cross your / path, you will then hear a loud noise, after which / you will rise very high in your profession"
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Black ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.2-1972
Primary reference Number: 8613
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 November 2023 Last processed: Tuesday 14 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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