Described as Emperor Galba, Emperor of Rome (3 BC - 69 AD)

National Trust Inventory Number 2900083

Category Sculpture
Date 1600 - 1699
Materials Bust: onyx and yellow marble; head: statuary Carrara; socle: grey Bardiglio marble.
Measurements 820 mm (Height)
Place of origin
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

Summary description

Polychrome marble bust, described as the emperor Galba, after the antique, Italian, seventeenth century.


At Wimpole Hall from at least the 1770s but possibly earlier, as part of 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, 1894; sold with the house to Captain and Mrs George Bambridge, 1938; sold from Wimpole c. 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 of the emperor Trajan), 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.

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Place of origin
Materials Onyx (151)
Carrara marble (29)
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Category Sculpture (5629)
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum) (13242)
Periods 17th century (32810)
Subjects Emperor Galba, Emperor of Rome (3 BC - 69 AD) (5)
Object Type Bust (957)

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