A charming, rare garden statue of Myron’s “Discobolus”, a youthful Greek athlete throwing the discus, circa 450 to 460BC. Stands 83 cm tall (further dimensions below).
This particular version is after the Townley Discobolus from 1794 (more information below*) and is a great feature indoors in a hallway, orangery, conservatory, bathroom, or of course, outside.
This piece has some age and is a nicely weathered example, rendered in cast stone. The detailing is nicely defined.
*The Townley Discobolus
After the discovery of the Discobolus Palombara a second notable Discobolus was excavated, at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, and was purchased by the English antiquary and art dealer established in Rome, Thomas Jenkins, at public auction in 1792. (Another example, also found at Tivoli at this date, was acquired by the Vatican Museums.) The English connoisseur Charles Townley paid Jenkins £400 for the statue, which arrived at the semi public gallery Townley commissioned in Park Street, London in 1794. The head was wrongly restored, as Richard Payne Knight soon pointed out, but Townley was convinced his was the original and better copy. It was bought for the British Museum, with the rest of Townley’s marbles, in July 1805.
Height 83 cm
Max width 65 cm
Max depth 29 cm
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