Carrara marble with onyx and polychrome yellow marble on a grey Bardiglio marble socle, Emperor Trajan (r. 98-117) (after the Antique), Italian School, 17th century. A portrait marbel bust of a Roma emperopor. The head consists of a carefully transplanted ancient Roman hair and upper face onto a recreated lower face, cleverly re-using a damaged ancient head
At Wimpole 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; 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 146 (together with a bust described as of the emperor Galba), remaining unsold; purchased by the National Trust by private treaty with the help of grants from the Art Fund, from a fund set up by the late the Hon. Simon Sainsbury, the Mr and Mrs Kenneth Levy bequest and other gifts and bequests, 2014.
Makers and roles
Italian School, sculptor