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Dragon: M.9-1933

Object information




Fanelli, Francesco (Sculptor)


Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished. From a group of St George and the Dragon. The beast has short legs, but large wings; the tail is curling to its right. It has four large claw-feet, the right fore-feet being raised. The neck and head are raised and turned to the left, the jaws are opened and a long tongue curls up between the fangs. There is a hook at the end of the snout.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Alfred A. de Pass, in memory of his Crispin, died 1918

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Florence ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1933) by de Pass, Alfred A.


17th Century
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


This bronze could have been made in England during Fanelli's stay in London. Fanelli was appointed Sculptor to Charles I in 1632 and was last recorded in England in 1641. The dragon corresponds to one in a St George and the Dragon recorded in the collection of Charles I at Whitehall in 1640, and still in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. Six examples are recorded, see Documentation.

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 15.5 cm Height 8.1 cm Width 15.6 cm
Plinth Depth 8 cm Height 3.4 cm Width 15.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting : Bronze, cast, with dark brown patina, slightly polished.

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1933
Primary reference Number: 13881
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_9_1933
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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