probably Continental School
Art / Sculpture
c. 1750 - c. 1850
1250 x 310 x 255 mmOrder this image
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
Marble, Apollo, Continental (Italian or French) School or British School, c. 1750-1850. A small pseudo-antique marble figure of Apollo, after the Apollo Lykeios type. The Lycean formula shows the figure in pronounced contrapposto, leaning on a support, in this case a tree stump, with the right forearm resting on top of the head. Leaves, possibly laurel, grow from a lozenge-shaped opening on the front of the tree trunk. Laurel is an Apolline attribute. A branch extending from the trunk is rather crudely attached to the proper left hip. The long flowing hair, tumbling over the shoulders, is arranged in a characteristically Apolline knot at the crown (similar, for example, to the Lycian Apollo in the Louvre, MA 428), however this hair style is also seen in Roman and Hellenistic depictions of the youthful Dionysus after the Apollo Lykeios type, for example, the Ludovisi Dionysus (National Roman Museum, Palazzo Altemps), the Dionysus of Cyrene (inv.no. 14.237) and statues of the god in the Louvre (inv.no. MA 622 and MA 87), and Vatican (inv. no. 1375, Musei Vaticani, Galleria Chiaramonti). Break lines are present in the proper right foot, the proper left arm and hand, and the proper right index finger has broken off. Several break lines are visible on the tree stump and branch. The statue was probably carved in the 18th century, incorporating small antique fragments.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Anglesey Abbey, The Fairhaven Collection (The National Trust)
Makers and roles
probably Continental School, sculptor possibly British (English) School, sculptor