Spinario (Boy with Thorn)
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.
Marble, Boy with Thorn (Spinario), Italian School, 18th century, after the antique bronze in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome. A marble copy of the antique bronze sculpture known as Spinario, depicting a boy withdrawing a thorn from the sole of his foot. See also the antique marbles in the Uffizi, Florence, inv. 1914 no. 177; British Museum, London, inv.no. 1880,0807.1) and the partially gilt and silvered bronze version cast c. 1501 by Antico (Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc.no. 2012.157. Mounted on yellow scagilola and white marble plinth.
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
Italian School, 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