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A stucco fragment from Pompeii

Pre 80 AD


Height: 5.5cm
Width: 6cm
Depth: 1.8 to 4cm

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Brought from Pompeii by John Soane in 1780.

Curatorial note

This might be the only antique piece that the young Soane brought home from his two year Grand Tour and even though it was not much more than a souvenir it might be considered the 'starting point' of his collection.

Even though Rome was his main destination, Soane visited Naples several times - the first being in December 1778 with Frederick Hervey, Bishop of Derry, later the 4th Earl of Bristol. During these visits he must have seen the excavations in Pompeii. Pompeii had only been rediscovered in 1748 and was one of the attractions for students and lovers of antiquity (about the interest for Pompeii in the 19th century, see Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins, The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture, 2000, esp. pp 76-88).

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk

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