The Nymph Ino and the Infant Bacchus
Wyatt, Richard James; sculptor; British sculptor, 1795-1850
after 1834 before 1850
White marble, carved in the round, supported on a simulated grey granite pedestal, capped and footed with white marble.
Italy, Rome, This sculptor is English.
Rome, sculptor, place
Italy, sculptor, country
English, sculptor, nationality
The Nymph Ino and the Infant Bacchus was commissioned by Sir Robert Peel when he was in Rome in 1834. It was presumably this marble which Wyatt exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1836. Four further marbles, and possible a fifth, are known. The location of three of these is known, and it is therefore likely that this possible that his highly finished version was the original.
white marble; figure group
grey granite; pedestal
white marble, carved in the round, supported on a simulated grey granite pedestal, capped and footed with white marble
height, whole, 130.2, cm
bought; 1975; Christie's
Christie's, 17 October, 1974, Objects of Art and Victorian Furniture, Eastern Rugs and Carpets, lot 95, illustrated, pl. 7; Heim Gallery (London) Ltd., 59 Jermyn Street, St James's, London.
In Greek mythology Ino was the daughter of Cadmus King of Thebes, and the second wife of Athamas, King of Orchomenus. The couple took in the infant Dionysius (Bacchus), the son of Zeus and Semele who had been orphaned when his mother was bunt by a thunderbolt. In order to conceal him from Hera who was jealous of Zeus's love children, they dressed Dionysius as a girl, but the goddess discovered their deceit and punished them by making them insane.
Bought with the Leverton Harris Fund and Cunliffe Fund with assistance from the University Purchase and Duplicate Objects Fund
signature; incised; 'R.J. WYATT Fecit/ROME'
Christie, Manson & Woods. 1966. The Grittleton Marbles. The Property of Mrs J. Bourne (Née Miss Celia Kathleen Mary Neeld). Formerly the Collection of the late Captain L. W. Neeld of Kelston Park and Grittleton.London: Christie, Manson & Woodsp. 15
Cf. p. 15, lot 15, Ino and Bacchus, signed R.J. Wyatt fecit Romae. From the collection of the Earl of Kilmorey sold at Christie's on 17 June 1854 and bought by Henry Neeld on the advice of E.H. Baily. Bought by Winterstein.
Christie, Manson & Woods. 1974. Objects of Art and Victorian Furniture, Eastern Rugs and Carpets.London: Christie, Manson & Woodsp. 17
Publ. p. 17, lot 95, illustrated pl. 7. Incorrectly identified as Semele and the Infant Bacchus
Object Number: M.1-1975
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