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Sampled Lives: samplers from the Fitzwilliam Museum

Showcasing over 100 samplers from the Museum’s excellent but often unseen collection, this display highlights the importance of samplers as documentary evidence of past lives.

06/05/2017 to 07/10/2018

Edgas Degas by Marcellin Desboutin

Degas’s Drinker: portraits by Marcellin Desboutin

Edgar Degas’s famous painting In a Café (L’Absinthe, 1875-6), features a dissolute bearded man whom Degas modeled on his characterful friend and fellow artist Marcellin Desboutin (1832-1902). Both men shared a passion for printmaking and this exhibition explores the Museum’s rare collection of Desboutin’s sensitively executed prints in drypoint...

19/09/2017 to 25/02/2018

Valentine card

The Object of My Affection: stories of love from the Fitzwilliam collection

Love is very much in the air in this exhibition, which contains objects alive with the range of emotions that it commands; from admiration and affection, joy and passion, longing and despair, to insults, indifference, grief and remembrance.

30/01/2018 to 28/05/2018


Henry Moore’s Hill Arches (1973)

See a monumental bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, titled Hill Arches, on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from the Henry Moore Foundation in Hertfordshire. Moore is best known for sculptures of the human figure sited in architectural or natural settings, but here he has created a landscape in its own right – perhaps, as the title suggests, an echo of the rolling hills of his native Yorkshire. This enormous, four-piece sculpture is sited in front of the Museum, visible to all visitors and those walking down Trumpington Street.

04/05/2016 to 31/12/2018

The Frua-Valsecchi collection

Over the past fifty years, Francesca and Massimo Valsecchi have built up a remarkable collection of paintings, furniture, sculpture, glass and ceramics. This includes the renowned nude portrait of Patricia Preece by Stanley Spencer (Gallery 1), William Burges’s painted ‘Flax and Wool’ cabinet (Gallery 2), a Spanish 17th century polychrome wood sculpture of the Christ Child (Gallery 6), Art Nouveau Tiffany glass (Gallery 1), metalwork designed by Christopher Dresser (Gallery 2) and an extremely rare Meissen porcelain vulture (Gallery 27)...

01/08/2016 to 30/12/2018

Rembrandt etching

Degas, Desboutin and Rembrandt: parallels in prints

See etchings of tender portraits of Rembrandt’s supporters, hushed nocturnal inky scenes from the streets of Amsterdam, and hurriedly etched figures capturing fleeting moments from Rembrandt’s daily life.

27/10/2017 to 25/02/2018

Siege currency

Currencies of Conflict: siege and emergency money from antiquity to WWII

Sieges have been a common feature of warfare for most of recorded history, with emergency money in the form of coins or paper being made for the use of the defending garrison or local people. This display throws new light on the story of these emergency currencies from the ancient Greek world to the Second World War.

31/10/2017 to 23/02/2018

Ancient script

Writing in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

Discover a variety of ancient writing systems used in the eastern Mediterranean, including a famous bilingual inscription from Idalion, Cyprus. The ancient script of Linear B, Europe’s earliest comprehensible writing system, can also be seen on display in the Museum’s Codebreakers and Groundbreakers exhibition (until 4 February).

16/01/2018 to 10/06/2018

Cupid and Psyche sculpture

Love-themed ceramics from the J.W.L. Glaisher collection

A small group of love-themed objects from Glaisher's ceramic collection - selected to complement the display of a number of his valentines on show in Gallery 14.

30/01/2018 to 28/05/2018

Rodin sculpture

RA250 at the Fitz

The pick of our collection by seven Royal Academicians who have connections with Cambridge and the Fitz: Eileen Cooper RA, Stephen Chambers RA, Anne Desmet RA, Antony Gormley RA, Nigel Hall RA and Mali Morris RA.

13/02/2018 to 31/12/2018