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After an antique original, on turned black slate base
Size: 59cm high, 38cm wide, 20cm deep – 23 ins high, 15 ins wide, 8 ins deep
During the 18th century leading sculptors not only copied antique statues they also restored them as they had done since the Renaissance, and due to the demand from Grand Tourists far more marble copies of antique sculpture was made in the 18th century than ever before. The leading sculptors of the day were involved such as Scheemakers, Delvaux, Rysbrack, Pigalle, Nollekens, Beyer, Houdon and Guillaume Coustou amongst others. By the 19th century copying had become a mechanical task and the sculptures produced generally served as ornaments for the garden rather than gracing the gallery or entrance hall.