An Unidentified Emperor (Called Emperor Galba, Emperor of Rome [3 BC - 69 AD])

Italian School
National Trust Inventory Number 2900083

Category Art / Sculpture
Date 1600 - 1699
Materials Carrara marble with onyx and yellow marble on a grey Bardiglio marble socle
Measurements 820 mm (Height)
Place of origin Italy
Collection Wimpole, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, East of England, National Trust

Summary description

Carrara marble with onyx and yellow polychrome marble on a grey Bardiglio marble socle, An Unidentified Emperor (Called Emperor Galba, Emperor of Rome [3 BC - 69 AD]) (after the Antique), Italian, 17th century. A portrait bust described as the emperor Galba, after the antique, Italian, seventeenth century.


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; 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


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
De Bruijn 2015 Emile de Bruijn et al, 'Acquisitions' in National Trust Historic Houses & Collections Annual (Apollo), 2015, pp. 57 - 66

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Category Art / Sculpture (5393)
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Periods 17th century (33413)
Maker Italian School (395)
Subjects Emperor Galba, Emperor of Rome (3 BC - 69 AD) (5)
Object Type Bust (958)

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