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Celebrate 200 years of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Admiral Russell's Frame
Admiral Russell’s Frame, English, c.1690s
Carved and guilded 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, we invite you to support the acquisition of Admiral Russell’s Frame, currently on display at the Museum in the Flowers Gallery (no. 17).

The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum are able to purchase this magnificent frame at a negotiated price of £345,000.

Through the Friends’ acquisition fund, a £50,000 V&A Purchase Grant and other generous donations, we have raised 85% of the total required. Your support with a personal donation would be truly appreciated as we aim to raise the final £55,000.

To help us achieve our goal, we have extended this appeal beyond on the original 31 December deadline.

Please join us in saving this work of local, national and international importance and bring it home to Cambridgeshire for good.

With its local Cambridgeshire connection, highly sophisticated carving and intriguing iconography, this splendid frame will enhance the Museum’s collections 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.


Tim Knox, Director and Marlay Curator
Tim Knox, Director and
Marlay Curator

“We have nothing like this frame currently in our collection… it will truly be a unique and exciting addition. I am determined to bring this exquisite example of craftsmanship home to Cambridgeshire.”   Tim Knox, Director




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




Help us raise the funds to purchase Admiral Russell’s Frame as the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum’s gift to mark the Museum’s bicentenary.




  • Send a cheque payable to ‘The Fitzwilliam Museum’ and complete this form. Post to: Development Office, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB


  • Give in person at the Museum using the donation box in the Flowers Gallery located by Admiral Russell’s Frame


  • Donate via Cambridge in America A gift can be made to the Fitzwilliam Museum via Cambridge in America which is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the Internal Revenue Code allowing for US donors to qualify for an income tax deduction to the limits allowed by law. You can find out how to give via Cambridge in America by clicking here


Thank you for your support



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