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The ermine as a symbol of purity: PD.120-1961

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Current Location: In storage


The ermine as a symbol of purity


Leonardo da Vinci




History note: George Hibbert; the Hon. A. Holland-Hibbert, his sale, Sotheby's, 29 June 1926, lot 16, repr.; bought by Agnew for Charles B.O. Clarke, by whom bequeathed in 1935 to Grace Clarke; Louis C.G. Clarke, LL.D., by 1952

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Bequeathed 1960.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 91 mm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Production date: circa AD 1494 : The drawing may be dated from the manuscript c. 1494.

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Materials used in production

Black chalk
Brown ink

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Pen and brown ink over slight traces of black chalk, on paper

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.120-1961
Primary reference Number: 7503
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 16 July 2021 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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