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Study for a staircase decoration: 2234

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Object information

Titles

Study for a staircase decoration
Studies

Maker(s)

Thornhill, James (Draughtsman)

Notes

History note: Sotheby's Feb. 21 1911 (3); Ricketts and Shannon Collection

Measurements and weight

Height: 388 mm
Width: 293 mm

Relative size of this object

29.3 m38.8 m What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937-03) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood

School or Style

British

Materials used in production

Brown wash
Graphite
Ink

Components of the work

Support: composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Pen and ink : Recto: pen, ink and brown wash verso: pen and graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 10 ft SC
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Pen and ink
  • Text: 20 ft
  • Location: Upper left
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: Ceiling - The Apotheosis of Julius Caesar / Sides - Death of Casear in Senate / - Caesar falls in love with Cleopatra / Jul. Caesar builds a temple to Apollo - open at the top-first where he had overcome Pompey-at Nicopolis. Jul: Caesar arriving in Africa: Kiscar some of ye Earth / Pompeys head brought to Caesar / Julius Caesar was 56 years old when he was killed
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Text: Sir James Thornhill 1676-1732 (in a later hand)
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 2234
Primary reference Number: 13808
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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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Drawing" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/13808 Accessed: 2022-01-26 20:07:44

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