Skip to main content

On the Brink: PD.108-1975

An image of Painting

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.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 5


On the Brink


Painter: Elmore, Alfred




History note: E.J. Coleman; Myles Kennedy, his sale, Christie's, 16 March 1889 (lot 59), bt. Thomas Agnew & Sons for £34 13s; Randall Davies (1866-1946); sale by his executors, Sotheby's, 10-11 February 1947 (168), bt. A.N.L. Munby, Litt. D.; bought from his executors

Legal notes

The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum in memory of Dr A.N.L. Munby, with a contribution from the Victoria and Albert Museum Grant-in-Aid.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century
Production date: AD 1865

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of panel (wood) canvas
Canvas Height 113.7 cm Width 83.7 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas on panel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: A. Elmore.
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1865
  • Location: Lower left
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Homberg....A Elmore R A
  • Location: Verso, upper left
  • Text: A. Elmore R.A.
  • Location: Verso, backboard
  • Text: ? 572 0 or CX (?)
  • Location: Verso

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.108-1975
Primary reference Number: 864
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 September 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 6 September 2023

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 (2023) "On the Brink" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-11-28 20:52:54

Citation for Wikipedia

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

{{cite web|url= |title=On the Brink |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2023-11-28 20:52:54|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="On the Brink"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">On the Brink</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

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...