- Museum number
Marble bust of a young man with a beard. The inscription on the pedestal is modern, and was probably intended to make this bust a companion piece for Sculpture 1940.
- Production date
- 140-150 (circa)
Height: 53.34 centimetres
- Curator's comments
For the Villa of Sete Bassi and Gavin Hamilton's excavation there, see:
R. Neudecker, Die Skulpturenausstattung roemischer Villen in Italien (Mainz 1988), 207-209 cat no. 50.2.
I. Bignamini and C. Hornsby, Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth-Century Rome (London 2010), 134-140 [this sculpture p. 136-7 no. 2].
Five other marbles from this site are in the British Museum collection.
Cook 2013, nr. 139:
‘A Bust of a middle aged man; the hair of the head and the beard is short and frizled; the left shoulder bears part of the Chlamys [fastened] with a round buckle, and on the base is the following inscription. L • AEMILIVS • FORTVNATVS • AMICO • OPTIMO • S • P • F • It was found 1775 amongst the same ruins mentioned in No 36 of the dining room’ [sc. the sleeping Endymion (1805,0703.23), found at Roma Vecchia] (TY 12/3, street drawing room 5). Townley evidently misremembered the date of discovery, since the bust was found by October 1774 with 1805,0703.109 and was mentioned in all the same letters: perhaps he was thinking of the year that the bust arrived in London. The statement in ST 2 (street drawing room 14) and GR 2 (street drawing room 15) that the bust was found in 1776 on the property of the Cesarea family near Genzano is, as noted by Smith, also erroneous.
The bust was charged at £65 in Hamilton’s account dated 23 January 1775 (TY 8/109), but the price was recorded by Townley as £60 in TY 10/5-7, TY 12/1, TY 10/3 (fo. 32), and ST 1 (fo. 21r). The bust was shipped in no. 2 of a consignment of six cases (letter dated 15 February 1775, TY 7/581).
The authenticity of the inscription has been doubted [Walker], but it was mentioned by Hamilton in a letter dated 22 November 1774, and there seems no reason to suppose that it had been added so soon after the discovery of the bust.
An error in T. inv. [sc. GR 2] caused the bust to be assigned to Genzano [Smith], and was so published by Dallaway, Anecdotes 325; hence it appears in the wrong volume of CIL.
Antonine [CT]; Antonine (Neudecker)
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.191, annotated ‘Metz del.’
- J. Dallaway, Anecdotes of the Arts in England, or Comparative Remarks on Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting, chiefly illustrated by specimens at Oxford (London 1800), 325
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) VI.90.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, X, pl. 15.
- 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. 91.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 160, no. 1903.
- R. Neudecker, Die Skulpturenausstattung römischer Villen in Italien (Mainz am Rhein 1990), 208, no. 50.2.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number