Art / Sculpture
1 AD - 150 AD (Torso c. A.D. 1-150; restorations, c. 1750-80) - 1750 - 1780 (Torso c. A.D. 1-150; restorations, c. 1750-80)
1540 x 640 x 390 mm
Place of origin
Osterley Park and House, London (Accredited Museum)
Marble statue of the sun god Apollo. He stands naked, his right hand resting on a lyre, alluding to his role as patron of music and poetry. The statue incorporates an antique torso of Narcissus, with eighteenth century restorations to the head, both arms, both legs, lyre and base. The subject could also be interpreted as Orpheus.
Probably acquired for Robert Adam's remodeling of the Marble Hall in the 1760s. First recorded in 1782 inventory of Osterley in the Marble Hall. Purchased from George Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (1910-1998) by HM Government in 1949 for the Nation and vested in the Victoria and Albert Museum; transferred to the National Trust in 2002.
National Trust Collections (Osterley Park, The Jersey Collection)
Tomlin, 1986: Maurice Tomlin. “The 1782 inventory of Osterley Park.” Furniture History 22 (1986): pp.107-134., p.122