Antique statue of a Muse (?)

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This work is probably after an antique statue of a Muse. It is similar to 'Thalia' which is currently in the British Museum, but it may also be after a 17th century statue. The collector William Locke collected both antique and contemporary sculpture. This is one of the artworks presented by the Liverpool Royal Institution. Liverpool’s economic development grew directly from Britain’s involvement with transatlantic slavery: the kidnapping, enslavement and forced migration of people from West Africa to the Americas and many to the Caribbean. Many members of the Royal Institution made their fortunes directly through the trade or indirectly through the wider economy. This wealth was largely how they were able to bring rare art and treasures, such as this, to the city.