- Museum number
Figure of a swan made of rosso antico marble. Most of the body is ancient; the other parts were restored in a different stone.
- Production date
- AD 1 - 160
Height: 57.15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Cook 2013, nr. 109:
Townley's description; ‘A Swan in red Egyptian marble, nearly the size of Nature, found in a Vineyard betwixt the Milvian bridge and the walls of Rome’ (TY 12/3, library 11).
Jenkins reported that the vineyard was ‘on the Right hand of the Road without Porto del Popolo near Papa Giulia’ (letter of 4 December 1773, TY 7/322).
Bought from Jenkins for £50 (bill dated 8 November 1773, TY 8/74/10). The same figure is given in the priced lists (TY 10/5-7) and the transcript accounts (TY 10/3, fo. 18; ST 1, fo. 16r), but the cost is recorded as 215 Scudi in 'Union Catalogue' (fo. 39v).
* Townley drawing 2010,5006.110.
Date and Identification:
Rosso antico, much used for sculpture I-II AD (see Ada Cioffarelli, ‘Rosso antico’, Maxwell L. Anderson and Leila Nista, eds., Radiance in Stone: Sculptures in Colored Marble from the Museo Nazionale Romano (Exhibition Catalogue, Emory University Museum of Art and Archaeology, Atlanta, 1989), 97 (bibl. on Rosso antico).
- Synopsis of the Contents of the British Museum (1808) VI.43.
- Ancient Marbles of the British Museum, X, pl. 58, fig. 1.
- 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), II, no. 41.
- A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum, Vol. III (London 1904), 219, no. 2136.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number