Spinario (Boy pulling a Thorn out of his Foot)
Unknown [name retired]
At the bottom of the stairs is the statue of a boy who has been looking at the thorn in his foot since the middle of the 19th century. He is based on an Antique bronze original which is now in Rome.
White marble sculpture, Spinario (Boy pulling a Thorn out of his Foot), Unknown. 18th century. Marble statue of a boy with a thorn in his foot on a yellow scagliola pedestal on white marble base. from the bronze antique statue, first recorded between 1165/67 outside the Latern Palace and one of the bronzes transferred from there to the Palazzo dei Conservatori (Capitoline Museum) on the Capitol in Rome by Pope Sixtus IV after 1471 where it remains apart from the time it spent in France between 1798 and 1816.
Part of the Windham Collection. The hall and contents were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1969 by Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969).
Makers and roles
Unknown [name retired], sculptor
Haskell and Penny 1981: Francis Haskell and Nicholas Penny, Taste and the Antique, The Lure of Classical Sculpture 1500 - 1900, New Haven and London, 1981, 78