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Mrs John Kirby: 645

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Current Location: In storage


Mrs John Kirby


Painter: Gainsborough, Thomas




History note: Rev. Kirby Trimmer (d. 1887); anon. sale, Christie's (=W. Forster, executor of the Rev. Kirby Trimmer), 12 May 1888 (61, with no. 644), bt. Murray

Measurements and weight

Height: 75.2 cm
Weight: 6.5 kg
Width: 62.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1908) by Murray, Charles Fairfax


Production date: after AD 1748 : Uncertain dates

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Oil paint

Components of the work

Support composed of canvas

Techniques used in production

Painting (image-making) : Oil on canvas

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: there are two labels, giving her name, one of them possibly written by the Rev. Kirby Trimmer
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: MS
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: 645
Primary reference Number: 3238
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 August 2022 Last processed: Thursday 16 March 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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