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Caractacus: PD.183-1985

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Draughtsman: Blake, William




History note: John Linnell, sold Christie's, 15 March 1918 (? part of lot 163), bt. E. Parsons, offered, catalogue 282, June 1918 (no. 450), sold 1918 to Geoffrey Keynes

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Accepted by H.M. Treasury and allocated to the Fitwilliam Museum, through the Minister of the Arts, in lieu of capital tax

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Height: 195 mm
Width: 152 mm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985) by Keynes, Geoffrey


Folio 36 from the Blake-Varley sketchbook

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Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Caractacus (in John Linnell's hand (?))
  • Location: Lower left

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.183-1985
Primary reference Number: 8889
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 November 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 1 February 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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