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Portraits of William Blake and Henry Fuseli over studies of a rabbit and a copy after Durer's 'Fortuna': PD.207-1985.f1

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Current Location: In storage

Titles

Portraits of William Blake and Henry Fuseli over studies of a rabbit and a copy after Durer's 'Fortuna'
Study of a cat, a deer and a stag

Maker(s)

Draughtsman: Palmer, Samuel (Probably)
Draughtsman: Richmond, George

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Description

One of three leaves from a sketchbook

Notes

History note: Samuel Palmer (?); George Richmond (?); Thomas Chevalier; by descent to his great-granddaughter, sold Sotheby's, 1 December 1910 (part of lot 126), bt. Tregaskis; Greville Macdonald; Francis Edwards, sold 1950 to Geoffrey Keynes

Legal notes

Accepted by H.M. Treasury and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum through the Minister of the Arts in lieu of Estate Duty

Acquisition and important dates

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

Note

Both of these studies are probably by Samuel Palmer. Superimposed over the rabbits, which are framed in brown ink is a graphite sketch, heightened with white and strengthened with pen and brown ink on buff paper of 'William Blake' by George Richmond. Superimposed over the copy of Durer's 'Fortune' is a sketch in graphite and brown ink of 'Henry Fuseli' by George Richmond. This sheet also has two studies of female figures, and two sketches of a woman's head and a woman's bust also by Richmond.

School or Style

British

Materials used in production

Brown ink
Whitening
Graphite

Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( buff)
Sheet Size Height 107 mm Width 188 mm
Blake Sketch Height 69 mm Width 65 mm

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Graphite pen and brown ink on buff paper; Blake sketch: graphite, heightened with white; H. Fuselli sketch: graphite and brown ink

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: H Fuselli [sic]
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: G R
  • Location: Both Blake and Fuseli sketches
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: He Died Sunday the 12 August / 1827 at 6 in the Evening & was / Buryed the Friday following - (in George Richmond's hand)
  • Location: Above the Blake sketch
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: W Blake from recollection / after his death 1827 (in George Richmond's hand)
  • Location: Below the Blake sketch
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Inscription present: framed with lines of brown ink

  • Text: Mr B & H Fuseli / were great / friends - (in George Richmond's hand)
  • Location: Between the two portraits
  • Text: Drawn from recollection - May 1825 - (probably in Samuel Palmer's hand)
  • Location: Right side of Fuseli sketch
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Henry Fuseli aged 87 - (in another hand)
  • Location: Right side of Fuseli sketch
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: Henry Fuselli [sic] from recollections after death
  • Location: Below Fuseli sketch

Inscription present: upside down

  • Text: Wat de DeuCe
  • Location: Above Fuseli sketch
  • Text: 1, 2, 3
  • Location: Verso, stag
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: 1 Light Fawn Colour / 2 Rich Brown / 3 Brilliant green (in Samuel Palmer's hand)
  • Location: Verso, upper right

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.207-1985.f1
Primary reference Number: 8892
Previous number: PD.207-1985 folio 1
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 March 2014 Last processed: Wednesday 30 June 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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