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A stucco fragment from Pompeii

Pre 80 AD
Terminus ante: the eruption of Vesuvius 79 AD


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

Museum number: L130

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 495help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This may 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 visited the excavations in Pompeii. Pompeii had only been rediscovered in 1748 and was a key site for students and lovers of antiquity (for the influence of Pompeii on English architects in the 19th century, see Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins, The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture, 2000, esp. pp 76-88).

Provenance help-art-provenance

Brought from Pompeii by John Soane in 1780.

Exhibition history

Hooked on Books: The Library of Sir John Soane Architect 1753-1837, Weston Gallery, University Park, Nottingham, 30 April - 30 August 2004

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