- Museum number
Marble bust of the emperor Lucius Verus.
- Production date
- 161-170 (circa)
Height: 93.98 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This portrait appears to have marked the joint rule of Lucius Verus with Marcus Aurelius.
Cook 2011, nr. 85:
‘A Bust of Lucius Verus with the military coat, covered with the Paludamentum; formerly in the Mattei Villa, and is engraved in the Museum Matteianum’ (TY 12/3, library 25).
Bought from Hamilton for £70 (TY 8/4; TY 10/2, fo. 25r; TY 10/3, fo.29; ST 1, fo. 17r).
The portraits of M. Aurelius ad L. Verus (1805.7-3.100 and 1805.7-3.103 = Sculptures 1907 and 1911), both formerly in the Mattei collection, were acquired from Hamilton in March 1773, the record of the payment being in Townley’s accounts (TY 8/4) under 22 April. Both were paid for by drafts rather than in cash.
* Townley drawings 2010,5006.198, tentatively attributed to Pacetti [I. D. Jenkins]; and 2010,5006.145.
* Zoffany: B. F. Cook, `The Townley Marbles in Westminster and Bloomsbury', The British Museum Yearbook, 2 (1977), 36-37, figs. 19-20, no. 32.
- A. Venuti, Vetera Monumenta Matthaeiorum (Rome 1779), II, pl. 24,1.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) IV.10.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, III, pl. 10.
- A Guide to the Graeco-Roman Sculptures in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities (Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum) (2 vols., London 1874 [2nd ed. 1879] and 1876), I, no. 130.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 164, no. 1911.
- R. P. Hinks, Greek and Roman Portrait Sculpture (London 1935), 31, pl. 41b.
- B. F. Cook, The Townley Marbles (London 1985), 16-7, fig. 13.
- On display (G70)
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number