John Bacon the Elder

( 1740 - 1799 )

A female Centaur with a Bacchante & a male Centaur with a Bacchante

circa 1770


34 cm (13 1/4 in.) diameter

Private collection, USA

Dr Terence Friedman (1940-2013), Leeds, United Kingdom, until 2011
Related Literature
Le Antichità di Ercolano, Le pitture antiche di Ercolano e contorni incise con qualche spiegazione, vol. I, Naples, 1757, pp. 131-142, pls. XXV & XXVI
The Antiquities of Herculaneum, translated from the Italian by Thomas Martyn and John Lettice, London, 1773, pp. 105 – 112, pls. XXV & XXVI
J. Wedgwood, Catalogue of Cameos, Intaglios, Medals, Bas-reliefs, Busts and Small Statues, Etruria, 1787, pp. 29-33
E. Meteyard, The Wedgwood Handbook, A Manual for Collectors, London, 1875
A. Kelly, Decorative Wedgwood in architecture and furniture, London, 1965
H. Young ed., The Genius of Wedgwood, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1995, no. C18
V.C. Gardner Coates and J.L. Seydl eds., Antiquity Recovered: the Legacy of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Los Angeles, 2007
N.H. Ramage, “Flying maenads and cupids: Pompeii, Herculaneum, and eighteenth-century decorative arts”, Studies in the History of Art, vol. 79, Washington, D.C., 2013, pp. 161-176

John Bacon the Elder