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The Crystal Pool - An illustration to Cunningham's Poems: PD.40-1980

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The Crystal Pool - An illustration to Cunningham's Poems


Draughtsman: Alexander, William




History note: J.S. Cotman(?) (see PD.39-1980); Dr. Guillemard; sold Sotheby's 10 July 1980 (lot 6)

Legal notes

From the Biffen Fund, together with PD.39-1980.

Measurements and weight

Height: 222 mm
Width: 328 mm

Relative size of this object

32.8 m22.2 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1980) by Sotheby's


Production date: AD 1802-05-05

School or Style


Materials used in production

Grey wash

Components of the work

Support composed of paper

Techniques used in production

Drawing : Grey wash over graphite on paper

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W. Alexander
  • Location: Lower left
  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: crossed out

  • Text: 1802
  • Location: Lower right
  • Method of creation: Brown ink
  • Type: Date
  • Text: Illustration to "Cunningham's Poems" / W. Alexander / Subject / Where the rill by slow degrees / Swells into the Chrystal Pool. / Shelving Rocks and Shaggy Trees / shoot to keep the water cool. / Cunningham Poems. / Present / J.S. Cotman T.R. Underwood / P.S. Munn W. Alexander / J. Varley W. Munn-visitor / May 5.1802 (this is now lost, but see photocopy on file)
  • Location: Old mount, verso

Identification numbers

Accession number: PD.40-1980
Primary reference Number: 8463
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 3 August 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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