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Fame: M.43-1997

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Object information

Current Location: In storage








Panel: Fame. Marble, carved in high relief. Rectangular, very slightly wider at the top than at the bottom. Fame, portrayed as a winged young girl facing to the left, is standing on a small ship with a ram's head prow, and a winged demi-figure projecting from the stern. She has long curling hair drawn towards the back of her head, and is nude except for a drape which flows out behind her and wraps itself round the horn which is blowing. The horn curves out in front of her, then back behind her left wing and over her head, where it terminates in a monster's head with an open mouth.


History note: Sir William Drake: J.P. Heseltine by 1912; sold Sotheby's, 24th May 1935, Catalogue of valuable bronzes and statuary..., lot 80 ; E.L. Paget: sold Sotheby's, 11-12 October 1949, Catalogue of the well-known collections of fine Italian bronzes..., lot 112; sold to A. Spero for £115; Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958); his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Depth: 4.3 cm
Height: 27.0 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1995) by Sherek, Pamela


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 - Circa 1525


Italian, Milan (?)

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Carved marble

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: large rectangular with black egg and dart border

  • Text: 'Subject engraved by (Bartsch 152)/Cherubini Alberti./The marble relief is possibly/by his father/Tomaso Alberti/J.P.H./from Sir Wm Drakes sale', with below 'Tomaso Alberti', in blue 'or alberti'
  • Location: Back of the panel
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular with serrated edge

  • Text: 'J.P. Heseltine Esq/1912.' with above 'B.9.6.e'
  • Location: On back of panel
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: square printed in black

  • Text: 'BVRLINGTON FINE ARTS CLVB' enclosing 'EXHIBITION/of/ITALIAN SCULPTURE/No.' '25' in ink '1912'
  • Location: On back of panel
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular label

  • Location: On back of panel
  • Method of creation: Printed in reserve on purple ground
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.43-1997
Primary reference Number: 31241
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_43_1997
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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