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Artist: Unknown

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

9 Jul - 22 Sep 2019

Art and Artefacts from the University of Cambridge

Our response to works of art is conditioned by assumptions about their creators – but what happens when the creator is unknown? This varied display of anonymous pieces from the collections of the University of Cambridge, ranging from a European portrait to an Inuit stone carving, sets out to question the importance we ascribe to authorship – and to explore the reasons why artistic identities can be obscured by history. Find out more from the Kettle’s Yard website. 

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Carved and painted wooden head (collected 1910), Southern Nigeria.

Carved and painted wooden head (collected 1910), Southern Nigeria. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Carving (Owl) (before 1976), Canada.

Carving (Owl) (before 1976), Canada. Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

One of a series of 14 recognition sketches of the coast of Spitsbergen, made during whaling voyages (1814–15).

One of a series of 14 recognition sketches of the coast of Spitsbergen, made during whaling voyages (1814–15). Polar Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge

Krishna and Radha walking by the Jumna by moonlight

Krishna and Radha walking by the Jumna by moonlight (c. 1820), Kangra School. Photo: © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Portrait of a Woman (1850–80), French School.

Portrait of a Woman (1850–80), French School. Photo: © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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