Skip to main content

Proportions: 832/7.f.32

An image of 832-7.f.32_v_201309_amt49_dc2.jpg

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Awaiting location update


Continuation of the recto


Draughtsman: Flaxman, John


Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1916-12) by Murray, Charles Fairfax

School or Style


Materials used in production

Brown ink
Grey ink

Components of the work

Support composed of laid paper
Leaf Height 230 mm Width 169 mm

Techniques used in production

Handwriting : Recto: pen with brown ink and graphite verso: pen with brown ink on laid paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Monte Cavalle[?]
  • Location: Upper left
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: 32
  • Location: Upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite
  • Text: Dadalus, his proportions / Diod. sic. / Egyptian proportions
  • Location: Recto, upper right
  • Method of creation: Graphite

Inscription present: the following in brown ink: [i] preceding word crossed through; [ii] preceding number crossed through; [iii] preceding three words crossed through, the following three above the line; [iv] preceding two words crossed through; [v] preceding number crossed through

  • Text: Proportions / Fig. 1. In front / Divisions of the human figure in length / from the top of the head to the Os Pubis, half the height / from the Os Pubis to the sole of the feet the other half / 2 Three equal divisions, from the Acromion of / * the scapula to that point of the spine of the / Ilium next[i] to which the Rectus & Sartorius / muscles of the thigh are connected near the / bottom of the abdomen.1. from thence to the top of the kjnee pan.2. from thence to the / bottom of the inner ancle[sic] 3. / Eight heads. of 4 noses or parts + Vitruvius / 4 Ten faces / 5[ii] The Arm / 5 From the top of the Humerus to the bend of the arm.1 head & a half the first knuckles / 6 from the bend of the arm, to lower Apophysis of[iii] the first knuckles / the ulna,[iv] .1. head & a half. / 7 length of the hand, one face. / 8[v] Breadth / 8 of upper arm 1 nose & half / 9 lower Do. Do / 10 wrist _ _ _ 1 nose / + In reality, from the commencement of the hair at the top / of the forehead to the top of the head is less than a / nose
  • Location: Recto
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Inscription present: [i] preceding word crossed through in brown ink

  • Text: Length of the Leg / 11 From the Os Pubis to the to[sic] of the Tibia, half / 12 From the top of the Tibia to the bottom of the / foot, half / Breadth / 13 upper part of the thigh 3 noses / 14 across the calf of the leg 2 ---- / 15 Ancle[sic] ----------1---- / Breadth / 16 of the shoulders 2 heads / 17 Loins ------- 5 noses / F2 / 18 Three equal divisions, from the gullet to / the bottom of the breast, 1. / to the top of the naval.2. / to the Os Pubis - - - 3. / Note these rules are taken[i] founded on some / measures given by Vitruvius on the Authority / of the writings of the Ancient Greek Artists
  • Location: Verso
  • Method of creation: Brown ink

Identification numbers

Accession number: 832/7.f.32
Primary reference Number: 38708
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 May 2021 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Proportions" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-20 10:56:03

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Proportions |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-20 10:56:03|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Proportions</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...