Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Model of the Roman Temple of Augustus at Pola in Istria (today in Croatia), 'restored', c.1800-1834, plaster of Paris.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
image Image 1 for MR26
image Image 2 for MR26
image Image 3 for MR26
image Image 4 for MR26
  • image Image 1 for MR26
  • image Image 2 for MR26
  • image Image 3 for MR26
  • image Image 4 for MR26

François Fouquet (1787 - 1870), maker

Model of the Roman Temple of Augustus at Pola in Istria (today in Croatia), 'restored', c.1800-1834, plaster of Paris.

Height: 19cm
Width: 14.4cm
Depth: 25.6cm

Museum number: MR26

Curatorial note

This small Corinthian Temple is located in the Croatian town of Augustov Chram (ancient Pola) and was built in c.14AD. The original inscription in bronze letters, which Fouquet has reproduced, states that the Temple was dedicated to:

[The Goddess] Roma and Augustus Caesar, Son of the deity [Julius Caesar], Father of the Fatherland, Civil Head of State

During World War II the Temple of Augustus unfortunately suffered a direct hit by a bomb. It was later carefully reconstructed.

Fouquet based this reconstruction on plate XXIX of Le Roy’s Les ruines des plus beaux monuments de la Grèce.

The Corinthian capitals and acanthus scrolls of the frieze show the extremely fine level of detail and crispness of modelling that Fouquet could achieve.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Sir John Soane purchased the twenty models by François Fouquet in 1834 from the architect Edward Cresy (1792-1858) who, from 1829 to 1835, worked in Paris. Soane paid Cresy the substantial sum of £100 (£10,136.78 in today’s money). It is likely that Cresy purchased the models directly from Fouquet et Fils.


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