In this study the modelling has reached a new level of skill, anticipating the accomplishment of Tate D00067 (Turner Bequest V O) in this series. The Hermes, formerly thought to represent Antinous, is a Roman marble copy of a fourth-century BC Praxitelean figure that came into the possession of the Farnese family, and stood in the Palazzo Farnese in Rome until it was transferred to the Vatican collections.
In Peter Bower’s view the sheet is perhaps of French manufacture; it is from a single-faced mould.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with the Turner bequest monogram.
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