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Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge | 14 October 2014 – 25 January 2015
Musée Bourdelle, Paris | 31 March – 12 July 2015
Curated by Jane Munro
Press View: Friday 10 October

Secret lives of the mannequin revealed at the Fitzwilliam Museum

Life-size mannequins, dolls and over 180 remarkable artworks from collections across the world will be going on display in Cambridge this autumn, as the Fitzwilliam Museum announces the final details of its major 2014 exhibition Silent Partners: Artist and Mannequin from Function to Fetish.

Silent Partners is the first exhibition uncovering the evolution of the artist’s mannequin. It will show how, from being an inconspicuous studio tool, a piece of equipment as necessary as easel, pigments and brushes, the lay figure became the fetishised subject of the artist’s painting, and eventually, in the 20th century, a work of art in its own right.

The exhibition will be travelling on to the Musée Bourdelle, Paris following its run in the UK, and is accompanied by a lavishly illustrated book published by Yale University Press.

Read the full press release

Press pack documents

Highlight stories | Mannequins in the exhibition | Book information

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1. Alan Beeton (1880-1942), Reposing c. 1929
Oil on canvas, 28.9 x 30.8 cm, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
© The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

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2. Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Portrait of Henri Michel-Lévy, c. 1878
Oil on canvas, 40 x 28 cm, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
© Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon M.C.G., photo: Catarina Gomes Ferreira

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3. Paul Huot (French, active 1790s to 1820s), Female Mannequin, c. 1816
Wood, metal, horsehair, wax, silk, cotton and painted papier-mâché head, c. 163 x 65 cm, Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Sammlung Angewandte Kunst
© bpk - Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte / Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel


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4. Herbert List (1903–1975), Sklavin 1 (Female Slave 1), 1936
Gelatin silver print, 267 x 196 mm, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie, Munich
© M. Scheler- Herbert List Estate, Hamburg/ Müncher Stadtmuseum, Munich

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5. Wax bust by Pierre Imans, 1910s–20s
Wax, paint, residual hair, and silk ribbon and cotton net base for wig, resin eyes, H.56 x W.44.5 x D. 21 cm, Fashion Museum, Bath
© Fashion Museum, Bath and North East Somerset Council

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6.Wilhelm Trübner (1851–1917), Studio Interior, 1888
Oil on canvas, 104 x 88 cm, Museen der Stadt Nürnberg, Gemälde- und Skulpturensammlung
Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg, photo: Jürgen Musolf


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7. Heinrich von Rustige (1810–1900), The Farmer in the Artist’s Studio, c. 1839
Oil on canvas, 60 x 50 cm
Stiftung Sammlung Volmer, Wuppertal

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8. John Everett Millais (1829–1896), The Black Brunswicker, 1860
Oil on canvas, 104 x 68.5 cm, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool
Courtesy National Museums Liverpool

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9. José María Sert (1874–1945), Photographic study for The Triumphs of Humanity, 1937
Gelatin silver print, with highlights in black pastel squared up, 240 x 300 mm, Private Collection
Courtesy Galerie Michèle Chomette, Paris © José Maria Sert


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10. Georges Moreau de Tours (1848–1901), Les Fascinées de la Charité (Patients in a State of Fascination at La Charité Hospital, Paris), 1889
Oil on canvas, 121.5 x 158.5 cm, Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Reims
© Photo: C. Devleeschauwer

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11. Jean-Eugène-Auguste Atget (1857–1927), Coiffeur, Palais Royal, 1926–7
Gold-toned albumen print from gelatin dry plate negative, c. 240 x 285 mm , Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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12. Jean-Désiré Leblond (active mid- to late 19th century), Patent for improvements to a life-size artist’s mannequin, 1849
Graphite, pen and ink, and wash on tracing paper, laid down, 457 x 300 mm
Archives, Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI), Paris


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13. Thomas A. Edison (1847–1941), Edison’s Phonographic Doll, 1890–1900
Bisque head, metal body, wooden limbs, glass eyes, hair wig, cotton dress, phonograph, H.53.5 cm, Private Collection
Photo: Hilde Carling

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14. Unknown maker (French, 19th century), Lay figure, ‘Child no. 98’, mid-19th century
Wood, metal, coir or horsehair stuffing, cotton stockinette and painted papier mâché head, Roberson Archive, Hamilton Kerr Institute
© Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Photo: Chris Titmus

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15. Unknown maker (British, mid-18th century), Fashion doll with costume and accessories, 1755–60
Wood, gesso, paint, glass, human hair, knitted cotton, satin, silk, gilt braid, wire, silk gauze, linen, cotton, and silk satin, H.60 x W.42 x D.43 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London



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