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Sir Alfred Gilbert’s bust of Queen Victoria bought by the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Fitzwilliam buys Victoria sculpture

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has acquired a marble sculpture of Queen Victoria by Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) after raising the required £1.01m to prevent it from going abroad.

The work had appeared at a Sotheby’s auction in London but was blocked from export after it sold to a New York museum. The Fitzwilliam raised money to match the selling price from a recent bequest, benefactors and a £267,600 grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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