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Celebrating 200 years of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Admiral Russell's Frame
Admiral Russell’s Frame, English, c.1690s
Carved and gilded lime wood with central mirror plate
H:182cm x W: 129.5cm x D: 13.5cm
© Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge

To commemorate the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary, the Friends supported the acquisition of Admiral Russell’s Frame, which now hangs in Gallery 3.

Following a six month appeal, significant contributions were received from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam as well as the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, Henry Moore Foundation, Finnis Scott Foundation and Old Possum’s Practical Trust. Our appreciation also goes to the many generous individuals who made this acquisition possible.

This splendid frame with its local Cambridgeshire connection, highly sophisticated carving and intriguing iconography is now part of the Fitzwilliam’s permanent collection for future generations to study and enjoy. The Museum’s Learning Team also sees the great potential of this object’s provenance, mythological figures and Stuart-era history to engage school and community groups alike.

Admiral Russell’s Frame is the Friends’ gift to mark the Fitzwilliam Museum’s bicentenary in 2016 and is a seminal acquisition in a long tradition of nearly 1,900 Friends’ funded purchases since the group’s foundation in 1909.

The Fitzwilliam Museum extends its warm appreciation to all who gave to the Frame appeal and who continue to support and enjoy the Museum.

Thank you.



Admiral Russell's Frame


Admiral Russell’s Frame, hanging in the Flowers Gallery, Fitzwilliam Museum


Take a closer look at Admiral Russell's Frame with Tim Knox, Director