An Important Pair of Busts of Horace and Cicero Polychrome Marble

Inscribed: ‘HORATIVS’ and ‘M: TUL. CICERO’

Horace 71.5 cm (28 ¼ in.) high; 54.5 cm (21 ½ in.) wide

Cicero 76 cm (30 in.) high; 61 cm (24 in.) wide


Provenance: Giuseppe Valletta (1636–1714), Naples

(where Horace is first recorded in 1685 as “uno incognito di porfido”)

By descent to his nephew Francesco Valletta (1680–1760), Naples

His sale, Naples, before 24 August 1720, where acquired by “un Medico Inglese”

Acquired by Thomas Herbert, 8th Earl of Pembroke (c. 1656–1733), Wilton House, circa 1721

Henry, 9th Earl of Pembroke, 1693–1749

Henry, 10th Earl of Pembroke, 1734–1794

George Augustus, 11th Earl of Pembroke, 1759–18.7

Robert Henry, Earl of Pembroke, 1791–1862

George Robert Charles, 13th Earl of Pembroke, 1850–1895

Sidney, 14th Earl of Pembroke, 1853–1913

Reginald, 15th Earl of Pembroke, 1880–1960

Sidney Charles, 16th Earl of Pembroke, 1906–1969

Private collection, USA (Horace); private collection, France (Cicero)