Bust of Hadrian

59.148.84

About this object

Portrait of Hadrian, restored on an ancient bust. It is recognised as a portrait of Hadrian because of the plastic, curly, worm-like appearance of the individual hair locks, the carefully incised details at the back and at the temples and the detailed beard. It is however not clear which type of Hadrian portrait It is. One suggestion is that this is a copy of the Vatican Sala dei Busti 283 type which was dated by the scholar Wegner to the late Hadrianic date, between 132-137 AD and proposed by the same scholar to have been created in 137 when Hadrian celebrated his vicennial jubilee. The hair with the detailed drillwork is also similar to the Hadrianic Renatus type, of the late Hadrianic, early Antonine period. The head looks slightly to the left and is mounted on a bust that shows both the balteus ( sword belt ) and the paludamentum ( military cloak ). Originally the head was on a different bust which showed only the paludamentum and it was illustrated with that bust in Venuit's publication of the collection. The original lost bust must have been from the Hadrianic period and it would have showed a large part of the breast and can be dated to about 140 AD. The current bust was also used for another head also from the Mattei collection and now in the Ince collection, the 59.148.122. The nose and a large proportion of the hair ( including all of the front locks ) have been restored, the face is porous and was treated with chemicals. Dating the portrait precisely is difficult because of the level of restoration and treatment.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Art
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    2nd Century AD
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    840 mm x 663 mm
  • Note
    From the Mattei Collection and possibly restored by Bartolomeo Cavaceppi. Displayed in the Garden Temple.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell (Collector, previous owner); Hadrian (Portrait); Ciriaco Mattei (Previous owner); Joseph William Col Sir Weld (Previous owner)

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Publications

  • A Catalogue of the Ancient Marbles at Ince Blundell Hall

    Ashmole, Bernard

    Author: Ashmole, Bernard
    Publisher: Clarendon Press
    Date: 1929
    Description: An illustrated catalogue of the ancient sculptures collected by Henry Blundell and formerly at Ince Blundell Hall.

  • A Selection from the Ince Blundell Hall Marbles

    Author:
    Publisher: Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
    Date: 1961
    Description:

  • An Account of the Statues, Busts, Bass Relieves, Cinerary Urns, and other ancient marbles, and paintings at Ince. Collected by H.B.

    Blundell, Henry

    Author: Blundell, Henry
    Publisher:
    Date: 1803
    Description:

  • Ancient Marbles in Great Britain

    Michaelis, A

    Author: Michaelis, A
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Date: 1882
    Description:

  • The 18th century perception of Roman public portraits

    Fejfer, J; Southworth, E

    Author: Fejfer, J; Southworth, E
    Publisher: Philipp von Zabern
    Date: 1997
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection

    Southworth, E

    Author: Southworth, E
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Date: 1991
    Description:

  • The Ince Blundell Collection of Classical Sculpture. Volume I - the Portraits. Part 2: The Roman Male Portraits

    Fejfer, J

    Author: Fejfer, J
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 1997
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Ownership

Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1614
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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