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Sleeping hermaphrodite with three infants.
Height: 190 millimetres
Width: 240 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- This drawing formed part of Charles Townley's reference collection of drawings of ancient sculptures.
The original statue was acquired by Henry Blundell and is now in Liverpool. Blundell had the hermaphrodite transformed into a sleeping Venus by removing the figure's penis and the three infants. This drawing records the statue's condition before these alterations.
See: J. Fejfer and E. Southworth, The Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture Vol. I (London 1991), 23 fig. 12.
Jonathon Scott, The Pleasures of Antiquity (New Haven 2003), 154 fig. 113.
Seymour Howard, 'Henry Blundell's Sleeping Venus', The Art Quarterly XXI, 4 (1968), 405-420.
Ian Jenkins, Review of Seymour Howard, Antiquity Restored (Vienna 1990) in Journal of the History of Collections 7, 1995, no. 1, pp.120-23.
Viccy Coltman, 'Classical Sculpture and the Culture of Collecting in Britain since 1760', OUP (2009), pp. 111-114, fig. 40.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018-2019, Nov-Mar, Mexico, Museo Nacional de Antropolgia, The Age of Reason
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
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