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A suit of 16th century armour: PD.3-1970

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A suit of 16th century armour
Sketch of a head in profile (right) and of a full-length figure wearing a waisted tunic with a broad hood, seen from the back


Draughtsman: Bonington, Richard Parkes




History note: R.W. Reford, Montreal; Christie's sale, 3 March 1970, lot 29 illustrated in catalogue, bought Colnaghi for the Museum

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From the University Purchase Fund.

Measurements and weight

Height: 178 mm
Width: 125 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1970) by Christie's


Production date: circa AD 1825 : See catalogue entry for discussion of date.

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Materials used in production


Components of the work

Support composed of paper ( laid down; the gilt on its edges suggests that the mounting sheet comes from an album)

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Recto: graphite with margins in ink verso: graphite on paper laid down on a hollow mount of Whatman paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: R.P. Bonington
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 34
  • Location: Lower left
  • Text: Reford / 1942.211.77
  • Location: Mount, upper left
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: (customs stamp, now PD.4-1970)
  • Location: Mount, upper left, below the above
  • Method of creation: Stamp

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.3-1970
Primary reference Number: 8975
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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