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This item is located in the Tribune [Cabinet].

Bust in bronze of Caligula

Strawberry Hill ID: sh-000111
Roman


Sculpture
Bronze
Current location unknown

Strawberry Hill History

Location: Tribune [Cabinet]

1774 Description: In the glass-case near the window...A small bust in bronze of Caligula, with silver eyes. This exquisite piece is one of the finest things in the collection, and shews the great art of the ancients. It is evidently a portrait, carefully done, and seems to represent that emperor at the beginning of his madness. It was found with some other small busts at the very first discovery of Herculaneum, which happened by digging a well for the prince d'Elbf, who resided many years afterwards at Florence, where it was sold on his return to France, and being purchased by sir Horace Mann, was by him sent to Mr. Walpole. (87-88)

1784 Description: Text same as 1774 Description (62)

Sale Text: A small and interesting antique Bust in Bronze of Caligula, with silver eyes. This exquisite Bronze is one of the finest things in the collection, and shews the great art of the Ancients. It is evidently a Portrait carefully done, and represents the Emperor at the height of his madness. It was found with some other small busts at the first discovery of Herculaneum, whilst digging a well for the Prince D'Elbauf, who resided many years afterwards at Florence, where it was sold on his return to France, and being purchased by Horace Mann, was by him presented to Lord Orford. Vide Catalogue of Strawberry Hill.

Object History

Provenance: Horace Mann gave to Horace Walpole; 1842, May 11, Strawberry Hill Sale, Day 15, Lot 68, bt Hume for William Beckford, 48.6.

Bibliography: HW Corres, 22:522,repro;23:425.
Stephen Clarke, "All Ardour, All Intrepidity: William Beckford at the Strawberry Hill Sale." (copy of essay at LWL) pp.14-16