- Museum number
Marble bust of a young boy.
- Production date
- 220-250 (circa)
Height: 34.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2011, nr. 126:
A bust of a child, described as a portrait by Smith, and dated no earlier than the second century AD.
Seen by Townley at Albacini’s during his second visit to Rome and acquired through Jenkins soon afterwards for 100 Scudi. The bust was mentioned in a list dated 11 November 1773 (TY 8/74/11), and charged in a bill from Jenkins dated 21 June 1774 (TY 8/74/14), which was settled on 1 July 1775 (TY 8/75/3; ‘Union Catalogue’, fo. 60r). The price was rendered by Townley as £25 (TY 10/3, fo. 7; TY 10/5-7). In TY 10/3 the head is said to have belonged previously ‘to the Adams’s’ (cf. First Townley Inventory, bust 12). According to a letter from Jenkins dated 7 January 1775 (TY 7/341) case 35, then on board Two Brothers at Leghorn contained ‘two Puttos from Carlo’s’, but it seems that case 35 was actually shipped on Favourite.
Townley drawing 2010,5006.173, annotated ‘Brown del’.
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) X.14.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, XI, pl. 30.
- 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. 80.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 171-2, no. 1931.
- H. Rühfel, Das Kind in der griechischen Kunst (1984)
- G. Vaughan, ‘Albacini and his English Patrons’, Journal of the History of Collections 3/2 (1991), 186.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number