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Roundel, a head of Cupid Bacchus. SM SC38. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: John Bridges
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Miss Maria Denman ( - 1861), sculptor

Roundel, a head of Cupid Bacchus after an antique gem, c.1807

c.1807

Plaster

Museum number: SC38

Curatorial note

This roundel depicts Cupd crowned with a chaplet of dry and Indian corn, bound with a sacred fillet.

Maria Denman was the sculptor John Flaxman's sister-in-law and a close friend of Sir John Soane. This 'cupid's head in plaster' won her the silver medal of the Society of Arts in 1807: the medal is also in Soane's collection (SM SDR21.15). A portrait of Maria Denman by Flaxman hangs in Soane's Dressing Room.

The roundel is in a substantial circular frame, presumably that in which it was exhibited at the Society of Arts.


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