( c. 1600 - c. 1690 )

An Important Pair of Busts of Horace and Cicero

17th century

Polychrome Marble

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

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

Private collection, Italy

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)