From Forum of Trajan, Rome
Cast of section of frieze with vase, griffin, and candelabrum
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Cast of section of frieze with vase, griffin, and candelabrum
Plaster cast, late 18th century to early 19th century, 770 X 1345 X 70 mm
Purchased from Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A., 1830
03/2020
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This cast reproduces a section of a frieze which featured griffins, candelabra, and vases and which was originally part of the Forum of Trajan in Rome (AD 106-112). Sections of the frieze were recorded in situ as early as 1540 (by Antonio San Gallo), There are three well-known fragments; one found in the Forum in 1929 and two now in the Louvre.

This cast repeats a section of the frieze which was popular in the late 18th and 19th centuries. It appears in drawings and the same exists in London in both the Soane collection and at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Royal Academy acquired most of its Roman, non-sculptural casts from Thomas Lawrence whose collection went on sale in May of 1830 and was purchased by the Academy. This cast was probably part of that sale.