Please note that recent acquisitions are not necessarily on display in the museum.
Nicolas Poussin (1594 -1665)
Extreme Unction, c.1638-40
The Lansdowne Relief
Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
The Triumph of Venus, c. 1628
Marcantonio Bassetti (1586-1630)
The dead Christ supported by the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, c. 1616
Recent Acquisitions of Drawings & Prints
An online exhibition, first produced to accompany the special display of a range of drawings and prints acquired by the Fitzwilliam Museum over the ten years 1999-2009.
Something of a Relationship III
David Reekie (b.1947)
Sir William Nicholson 1872 - 1949
Soft-paste porcelain painted in enamels, with engraved
and enamelled gold mounts and stopper
Capodimonte, possibly painted by Giovanni Sigismondo
Fischer, c. 1752-55, the mounts made in London, c. 1755-60
H. 10 cm
Purchased with the S.V. Finn Fund, and grants from The Art Fund, and the
Museums, Libraries and Archives/Victoria & Albert Museum Purchase
C.28 & A-2007
Joseph Wright (1734-1797)
A lighthouse on fire at night
This dramatic composition is a late and highly developed treatment of a theme that fascinated Wright from his time in Rome: a dramatically lit landscape with two light sources, one natural and the other man-made.
The Newton Hall Athena
This statue of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom and of war, has recently been allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum by HM Government, as a gift to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax.
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Convolvulus and Tree-frog
Colour print from woodblocks, from the untitled series of ten prints published by Nichimuraya Yohachi (Eijūdo) c.1832; signed: zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu; publisher’s mark Eijūdo; censor’s seal: kiwame; from the collection of Edwin and Irma Grabhorn, by whom sold to Israel Goldman in 2006; reproduced in Jack Hillier, Landscape Prints of Old Japan, The Book Club of San Francisco, 1960, plate 24.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
Femme Torero (or Dernier Baiser)
1934, etching printed on vergé de Montval paper, 49.6 x 69.2 cm
Bought from the Gow Fund with contributions from The Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund 2006 (P.17-2006).
La Grande Corrida avec Femme Torero
1934, etching printed on vélin de Rives paper, 49 x 64 cm
Bought from the Gow Fund with contributions from The Art Fund and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund 2006 (P.16-2006).
Goya - Sera lo Mismo (It will be the same)
Bought with the help of the National Art Collections Fund and the MLA/VA Purchase Grant Fund 2005 (P.43-2005)
The Macclesfield Psalter
The Ur Brick
This sun-dried mud brick, which bears a stamped cuneiform inscription naming Shulgi, King of Ur from 2094
A stunning oil composition by nineteenth century painter Samuel Palmer has been acquired by The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, with the help of a £360,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a grant of £90,000 from the National Art Collections Fund.