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Title:

The Nymph Ino and the Infant Bacchus

Maker(s) &
Production:

Wyatt, Richard James, sculptor, British sculptor, 1795-1850, Rome, This sculptor is English.

Production
Note:

The Nymph Ino and the Infant Bacchus was commissioned by Sir Robert Peel when he was in Rome in 1834. It was presumably this marble which Wyatt exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836. Four further marbles, and possible a fifth, are known. The location of three of these is known, and it is therefore likely that this possible that his highly finished version was the original.

Category:

sculpture

Name:

figure group

Date:

after 1834 before 1850

School/Style:

Neoclassical

Period:

19th century

Description:

White marble, carved in the round, supported on a simulated grey granite pedestal, capped and footed with white marble.

Technique:

carving; whole

Material(s):

white marble; figure group
grey granite; pedestal

Technique
Description:

white marble, carved in the round, supported on a simulated grey granite pedestal, capped and footed with white marble

Dimension:

height, whole, 130.2, cm

Acquisition:

bought; 1975; Christie's

Provenance:

Christie's, 17 October, 1974, Objects of Art and Victorian Furniture, Eastern Rugs and Carpets, lot 95, illustrated, pl. 7; Heim Gallery (London) Ltd., 59 Jermyn Street, St James's, London.

Notes(s):

In Greek mythology Ino was the daughter of Cadmus King of Thebes, and the second wife of Athamas, King of Orchomenus. The couple took in the infant Dionysius (Bacchus), the son of Zeus and Semele who had been orphaned when his mother was bunt by a thunderbolt. In order to conceal him from Hera who was jealous of Zeus's love children, they dressed Dionysius as a girl, but the goddess discovered their deceit and punished them by making them insane.

Acquisition Credit:

Bought with the Leverton Harris Fund and Cunliffe Fund with assistance from the University Purchase and Duplicate Objects Fund

Inscription:

signature; incised; 'R.J. WYATT Fecit/ROME'

Documentation:

Christie, Manson & Woods. 1966. The Grittleton Marbles. The Property of Mrs J. Bourne (Née Miss Celia Kathleen Mary Neeld). Formerly the Collection of the late Captain L. W. Neeld of Kelston Park and Grittleton.London: Christie, Manson & Woodsp. 15
Cf. p. 15, lot 15, Ino and Bacchus, signed R.J. Wyatt fecit Romae. From the collection of the Earl of Kilmorey sold at Christie's on 17 June 1854 and bought by Henry Neeld on the advice of E.H. Baily. Bought by Winterstein.

Christie, Manson & Woods. 1974. Objects of Art and Victorian Furniture, Eastern Rugs and Carpets.London: Christie, Manson & Woodsp. 17
Publ. p. 17, lot 95, illustrated pl. 7. Incorrectly identified as Semele and the Infant Bacchus

Accession:

Object Number: M.1-1975
(Applied Arts)
(record id: 31061; input: 2001-06-25; modified: 2012-10-10)

Permanent
Identifier:

http://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/31061