Heneage Finch, Fourth Earl of Aylesford
Hercules in the Cellar. Caricature date not known

Artwork details

Hercules in the Cellar. Caricature
Date Date not known
Medium Graphite, ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 210 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
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This comic drawing is by an amateur artist, Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford.
It shows an imaginary exchange between
a caricatured version of a celebrated classical statue, known as the Farnese Hercules, and a gentleman in a cellar.
The statue says that as long as he supports the vault, which rests on his head, it will not fall. The gentleman replies that the statue
is doing a better job there than he would
in the Academy - an allusion presumably
to his misshapen limbs and features.


The Farnese Hercules was widely
admired and discussed among artists
and connoisseurs.

September 2004

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