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Cast of a statue of the Ephesian Diana, said to be after a Greek marble original

Plaster cast

Museum number: SC51

Curatorial note

This statue remains in its original position as described by Soane in his 1835 Description, in a niche at the top of the main staircase at 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields: 'A few steps up the staircase leading to the Attic story, in a niche, is a bust .... and in the niche above is a plaster Cast of the Ephesian Diana or Prolific Nature, presented to me by Messrs. Rundell & Co.'

It is fascinating that the original letter sent to Soane with the statue refers to its being a cast from a Greek marble formerly in the possession of Rundell and Bridge because in fact this figure has rather a 'Regency' look and former Director, Tim Knox, has speculated that it might in fact be an early 19th century sculptor's version of the Ephesian Diana rather than a cast after the antique.

The images attached show it after it was taken down and surface cleaned but before the right-hand and its broken/missing fingers were repaired /re-made by Taylor Pearce Restoration in 2012.

Provenance help-art-provenance

SM Archive/Private Correspondence XVI.F.137: Letter to Soane dated 8 April 1834: Ludgate Hill 8 April 1834 / Messrs Rundell Bridge & Co present their respects to Sir John Soane and have the pleasure of adding to his Collection a Cast of a Statue of either the Cybele or the Ephesian Diana from a Greek marble formerly in their collection.


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