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Bacchus: M.8-1953

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)




Maker: Unknown (Uncertain)




Bronze, cast, and gilt. Bacchus stands with the weight of his body on the left foot. Nude except for a feline pelt draped over his right shoulder, the end of which is held in his left hand. His right forearm rests on top of a tree-stump, a large bunch of grapes in his right hand. He wears a vine-wreath in his hair. Alabaster base.


History note: Henry Harris Collection; His Sale, Sotheby's, London, 24 October 1950, 'The Henry Harris Collection, Catalogue of the celebrated collection of bronzes, sculpture, paintings and works of art of the Italian Renaissance, the property of Henry Harris (decd.)', lot 68, part 1; bought A. Spero (£42); Marmaduke Langdale Horn, Stoke Charity, near Winchester.

Legal notes

Marmaduke Langdale Horn Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1953) by Horn, Marmaduke Langdale


18th Century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 CE


The lack of gilding on the back this small bronze, and the drill holes in the base, suggest that this was originally made to decorate a piece of furniture, likely a cabinet, on which it would have been placed in a niche, where the back was unseen.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Finish composed of gilt
Base composed of alabaster
Figure composed of bronze
Sculpture Depth 7.6 cm Height 22.3 cm Width 9.2 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1953
Primary reference Number: 13946
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_8_1953
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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