Formerly considered an adaptation from the first half of XIX century of a classical bronze sculpture in the Museo Nazionale, Naples). Now believed to have been inspired by an antique term such as those incorporated by Piranesi into his design for the marble chimneypiece that was executed for the 9th Earl of Exeter, Burghley house, Northamptonshire. The bust was probably executed by the same Italian workshop that produced the Burghley House chimneypiece in the years before 1769.
Artist: Luigi Valadier (Italian, Rome 1726–1785 Rome) (?)Date: late 18th centuryMedium: Pen and black ink, brush with gray, yellow, red and blue wash, highlighted with white gouache over lead or graphite on cream laid paper. Framing lines in brown inkAccession: 49.19.74On view in:Not on view