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Sleeping Nymph: M.40-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Sleeping Nymph


Sculptor: Unknown




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast. The nymph is seated with her left leg extended. Her right arm is raised and bent at the elbow, and she rests her head on her right hand. Her left hand rests between her thighs. The bronze is supported by a shallow circular marble plinth attached to a rectangular dark green veined marble plinth.


History note: Alfred Spero, London; sold 19 November 1937 (£300) to Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC; bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek; bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.7 cm
Length: 15 cm
Width: 8.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Mantua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1997-01-20) by Sherek, Pamela


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 CE - 1525 CE


Perhaps Mantuan. Previously published (Arts Council, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1961, no. 50) as Paduan

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.40-1997
Primary reference Number: 14044
Old object number: B.41.
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_40_1997
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 16 February 2024

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

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