Carrara and grey/polycrome marble, Emperor Caracalla, Emperor of Rome (188–217), after the Antique, Italian, 17th century. A portrait bust of the Roman emperor Caracalla who ruled between 211-217 AD.
At Wimpole Hall from at least the 1770s but possibly earlier, as part the collection of Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741); at Wimpole by descent until sold with the house to Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden (1844-1930), 1894; sold with the house to Captain and Mrs George Bambridge, 1938; sold from Wimpole around 1950; with Collins and Clarke, 81 Regent Street, Cambridge; purchased by Professor Sir Albert Richardson, probably on 25 February 1951; offered for sale at Christie's, King Street, London, 18 September 2013, lot 145 (together with a bust of a philosopher), remaining unsold; accepted in lieu of inheritance tax by HM Government and allocated to the National Trust for display at Wimpole Hall, 2014.
Makers and roles
Italian School, sculptor