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Hesperides. 'Dance around the Golden Tree': PD.155-1985

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Hesperides. 'Dance around the Golden Tree'


Calvert, Edward (Painter)


The Hesperides maidens dance around the tree bearing the golden apples of eternal life, prior to their theft by Heracles.


History note: Geoffrey Keynes

Legal notes

Allocated by H.M. Treasury through the Minister of the Arts, accepted in lieu of taxes

Measurements and weight

Height: 24.4 cm
Width: 38.0 cm

Relative size of this object

38 cm24.4 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1985) by Keynes, Geoffrey


A characteristic example of Calvert's late style.

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Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support: composed of card Painted Surface: Height 21.1 cm Width 37.6 cm

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on card

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: (indecipherable)
  • Location: Below
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Hesperides. "Dance around the Golden Tree"
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Text: 145
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.155-1985
Primary reference Number: 3150
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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