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La pêcheuse de vignots: M.9-1975

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Current Location: In storage


La pêcheuse de vignots
Translated as: The winkle gatherer
(The winkle gatherer)


Sculptor: Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste




Bronze, cast. Standing girl. Contraposto - turns to her left, looks to her right. Crab between her feet, basket over her arm.

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fritzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 70.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1975) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


19th Century, third quarter#
Production date: AD 1874


The son of a mason, Carpeaux studied in Paris and Rome, and was influenced by the flamboyant movement and apparent spontaneity of Baroque sculpture. Carpeaux often portrayed working-class subjects, including fishermen, which proved popular with wealthy middle-class collectors.

The young winkle gatherer portrayed here was spotted by Carpeaux whilst travelling from Dieppe to Puys, where he was taking a summer holiday in 1874. According to Carpeaux, this statuette embodied the “melancholic anxiety which the sea instills in fishermen”. The present bronze is one of several versions made from the original model, which was also reproduced in plaster, terracotta, and biscuit porcelain.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: PUYS
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: B. Carpeaux Dieppe 1874
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1975
Primary reference Number: 13689
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_9_1975
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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