Fitzwilliam

The Fitzwilliam Museum is located in Cambridge and contains paintings by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Constable as well as ancient antiquities and illuminated manuscripts. 

The Fitzwilliam was founded in 1816 when Richard, VII Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion, left his library and art collection to the University of Cambridge. The museum has five main departments which include antiquities, coins and medals, manuscripts, paintings, drawings and prints.


16th century large-scale portrait of Queen Elizabeth I

Review of the Year 2016 - Saved for the Nation

27 December 2016

Important works of art sold to overseas buyers are typically subject to temporary export bans in the hope that a buyer can be found to keep them in the UK - here we offer our top five 2016 purchases

Castle Howard cabinets

Italian cabinets from Castle Howard head to Fitzwilliam Museum

12 August 2016

An impressive and richly decorated pair of early 17th century gilt bronze and pietre dura inlaid Italian cabinets, which stood in Castle Howard, Yorkshire for two and a half centuries, have been saved for the Nation by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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Michelangelo claim: there’s more to come say Fitzwilliam

16 February 2015

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have promised to reveal more evidence backing the attribution to Michelangelo of a pair of bronze figures of two nude males riding panthers.

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Fitzwilliam Museum buys Coalport jug at Agricultural Society auction

25 July 2014

A massive Coalport Feldspar porcelain jug painted with a study of Earl Spencer’s Durham Ox in a parkland setting has been bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Fitzwilliam raid – new charge

09 January 2013

A fifth person has been charged in connection to the theft of 18 Chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

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Appeal secures £3.9m Poussin

05 November 2012

An appeal launched by the Art Fund to save a Poussin painting for the nation has hit its £3.9m target.

Three jailed for the Fitzwilliam theft

02 October 2012

Three men have been jailed for a total of 18 years for their involvement in the theft of Chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

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Fitzwilliam needs £3.9m to secure Poussin

28 August 2012

The Art Fund has launched a campaign to save a painting by Nicolas Poussin for the nation.

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Charges made in two museum theft cases

08 May 2012

Two suspects have been charged in connection with the theft of 18 Chinese hardstone carvings worth millions of pounds from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge on April 13.

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Fitzwilliam loses jades worth millions in raid

23 April 2012

CHINESE hardstone carvings worth millions have been stolen from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Macclesfield Psalter saved with £1.7m

31 January 2005

The £1.7m price tag needed to keep the Macclesfield Psalter in the UK has been found.

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Fund seeks new buying direction

16 September 2004

THE National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) has criticised the state of public collecting in the UK on the same day as announcing a £500,000 offer to help keep the Macclesfield Psalter in the UK.

Last Supper study to go to Fitzwilliam Museum thanks to art fund grants

18 December 2001

THE Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is to be the new home for Federico Barocci’s £1.3m drawing Study for The Institution of the Eucharist.

Coin coup for the Fitzwilliam

23 April 2001

UK: THE Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is celebrating a £425,000 Lottery windfall that has helped it acquire a stunning coin collection.

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