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Apollo (after the antique)

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Apollo (after the antique)


Workshop of Joseph Wilton (English, 1722 - 1803)




England (Place Created)





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75.6 cm (29 3/4 in.)

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possibly March 1762 - 1782

Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd marquis of Rockingham, English, 1730 - 1782 (Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, England), possibly acquired from Joseph Wilton in March 1762, on display in the Upper Room, South Tower of Wentworth Woodhouse, by inheritance to his nephew William Wentworth fourth earl Fitzwilliam
Source: Gunnis, Dictionary, 1968, p. 277. Penny, 1991, p. 16, refers to Gunnis, mentions vouchers for the acquisition date and the 1782 inventory for the location.

1782 - 1833

William Wentworth, 4th earl Fitzwilliam, English, 1748 - 1833 (Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, England), by inheritance within the Wentworth Fitzwilliam Family
Source: The sculpture was seen at Wentworth Woodhouse in 1802 by Richard Warner (Warner, A Tour through..., vol. 1 (1802), pp. 219-20).

1833 - 1986

Wentworth Fitzwilliam Family (Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, England) [sold, Christie's, London, July 15, 1986, lot 91, to Cyril Humphris]

1986 - 1987

Cyril Humphris, S.A., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1987.

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Christie's, Roehampton. A Catalogue of the capital, well-known, and truly valuable collection […]. April 7, 1801, p. 8, lot 108.

Warner, Richard. A Tour through the Northern Countries of England and the Borders of Scotland. Rev. ed. (Bath: R. Cruttwell 1802), vol. 1 (1802), pp. 202, 230 (mentioned as Apollo Vaticanus).

Michaelis, Adolf. Ancient marbles in Great Britain, described by Adolf Michaelis (Cambridge: University Press, 1882), p. 664, mentioned as Apollo (in the Gallery).

Gunnis, Rupert. Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851 (London: The Abbey Library, 1968), p. 436, listed among the autograph works of Wilton made for Lord Rockingham in 1760.

Christie's, London. Important English Marble Statuary, European Sculpture and Works of Art. July 15, 1986, p. 75, lot 91, ill. [as an eighteenth-century Italian or English marble statuette of the Apollo Belvedere].

"Acquisitions/1987." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 16 (1988), p. 181, no. 80.

Penny, Nicholas. "Lord Rockingham's Sculpture Collection and The Judgment of Paris by Nollekens." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 19 (1991), pp. 15-16, fig. 15.

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 57, ill.

Baker, Malcolm. Figured in Marble: The Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture (Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2000), pp. 70-71, fig. 50.

Roscoe, Ingrid and Emma Hardy, eds. A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851 (London: Yale University Press, 2009), p. 1390 (versions of Apollo Belvedere by Wilton listed without details).