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"Why have we stopped, Captain?": 2502

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"Why have we stopped, Captain?"


Draughtsman: Bateman, Henry Mayo



Measurements and weight

Height: 330 mm
Width: 222 mm

Relative size of this object

22.2 m33 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942-09-10) by Rotch, Claude Dickason


Production date: AD 1908

School or Style


Materials used in production

Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down)

Techniques used in production

Drawing (image-making) : Graphite, chalk and Indian ink on paper, laid down

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H.M. Bateman
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Indian ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 1908
  • Location: Lower left, below signature
  • Method of creation: Indian ink
  • Type: Date
  • Text: 18/X/12 1/2
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: S. Combes, 175 Strand, W.C. (picture dealer)
  • Location: Old frame, verso
  • Method of creation: Label
  • Text: (Lady Passenger) 'Why have we stopped Captain? / (Captain) "On account of the fog, Madam" / (Passenger) - "Oh! but my dear Captain - Surely not! - Look! its perfectly clear up above" / (Captain) "Aye, Ma'am - but we're not goin' that way, unless the Boiler busts!!"
  • Location: Old mount

Identification numbers

Accession number: 2502
Primary reference Number: 8642
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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