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Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (121-180) as a Young Man (after the Antique)

Italian School

Category

Art / Sculpture

Date

1600 - 1699

Materials

Carrara marble with onyx and yellow marble on a grey Bardiglio marble socle

Measurements

862 x 620 x 300 mm

Place of origin

Italy

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Collection

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

NT 208037

Summary

Carrara marble with onyx and ploychrome yellow marble on a grey Bardiglio marble socle Polychrome, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome (121-180) as a Young Man (after the Antique), Italian, 17th century. A portrait bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius as a young man.

Provenance

At Wimploe Hall at least by circa 1777, when the artist-clergyman the Reverend Thomas Kerrich made a brief list of pictures and sculpture in the house, noting ‘4 Antique Busts—one is Caracalla’ in the Gallery; introduced by Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, PC, MP, FRS (1720-1790) although they may equally have been acquired by Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741) who had a strong predilection for antiquities; by descent until sold with the house to Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden, 1894; (only one of six emperors kept by Elsei Bambridge) sold with the house to Captain and Mrs George Bambridge, 1938; bequeathed by Mrs Bambridge to the National Trust with the house, 1976.

Makers and roles

Italian School, sculptor

References

Taylor 2014 David Taylor, 'Illustrious Faces Returned: Four Busts of Roman Emperors repatriated to Wimpole Hall', Arts Buildings Collections Bulletin (ABC), Autumn 2014, pp. 3-4

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