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Thomas Banks (1735 - 1805), sculptor

Cast of a bas relief, ‘The Grief of Achilles’

Plaster cast

Height: 91.4cm
Width: 121.9cm

Inscription: Scratched / stamped into the verso: Published by J. Cochrane / for ... [? a short indecipherable word that looks a bit like Piccrd or Riccrd] Novr. 1810

Museum number: SC29

Curatorial note

For many years this piece was considered to be the original plaster model by Banks for the finished marble now in the Victoria and Albert Museum. However, when it was taken down for an exhibition in 2005 a stamped inscription was found on the verso confirming that it is in fact not a preparatory model but an early cast.

In 2015 this relief was reinstated in its original position in the recreated Tivoli Recess as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.

Exhibition history

Thomas Banks 1735-1805: Britain's First Modern Sculptor, Sir John Soane's Museum, London, 21 January - 9 April 2005

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