c1880 Grand Tour Bronze Bust of Pseudo Seneca


A fine c1880 Grand Tour patinated dark bronze bust of the Pseudo-Seneca mounted on a possibly later alabaster marble base.
The statue is that of a slightly tormented older man looking upwards and to his right. It is a copy made after the antique original found at the ‘Villa dei Paperi’, in Herculaneum and which is now in the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. It was initially believed to be the bust of the philosopher Seneca the Younger, but it is now generally identified as a Roman copy of an original, lost Greek bronze of either the poet Hesiod or the playwright Aristophanes.
This copy bronze would have been made by a talented sculptor around in the late the 1800s to satisfy the growing market of souvenirs for wealthy Grand Tour visitors from Northern Europe, especially Britain, that visited the culture of Southern France and Italy.
Size: 8.5 x 21.5 cm (3 3/8 x 8 ½ inches)
Weight: 994 g