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The Cart: PD.41-1971

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The Cart


Draughtsman: Bomberg, David




History note: D'Offay Couper Gallery, from whom bought (£135)

Measurements and weight

Height: 201 mm
Width: 265 mm

Relative size of this object

26.5 m20.1 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1971) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Production date: AD 1919


This drawing is one of a series of pen and wash drawings done in that year, "in twelve parts, each part having twelve variations, each drawing based on one of twelve patterns the key to the whole. Each drawing had to be different ... one might be groups of fishermen and nets, the other Ballet scenes or dancers. The problem: to expand the possibilities of one combination of forms into as many variations to exhaustion of possibilities without altering the juxtapositions, but slightly modifying and stressing the parts of the key. This was to prove that form plays one part, content another. Both can operate within one another, but (remain) basically unrelated" (quoted by Lipke, 'David Bomberg', 1967, p. 48)

School or Style


Materials used in production

Indian ink

Components of the work

Support composed of tissue paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen, brush and Indian ink on both sides of tissue paper, stuck down at the corners

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Bomberg
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 19
  • Location: Lower right, below signature
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Date

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.41-1971
Primary reference Number: 8915
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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