After Agasias, of Ephesus fl. ca. 75 BC-ca. 25 BC0100
Borghese Gladiator
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Borghese Gladiator, ca. 75 BC - 25 BC
Plaster cast, 19th century?, 1630 mm
Cast made by D. Brucciani & Co (London).
From: Original in Musée du Louvre, Paris
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Cast after a marble, inscribed 'Agasias of Ephesus Son of Dositheos', which was found at Nettuno near Anzio in 1611. It was in the Borghese collection by 1613 and purchased by Napoléon Bonaparte in 1807.

By 1631 a bronze cast of the ‘Borghese Gladiator’ had been made for Charles I (Royal Collection) making it one of the most celebrated classical sculptures in England. By 1645 another cast was positioned in the gardens at Wilton and in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries there were versions in Woburn Abbey (cast by Richard Westmacott, 1827), and Knole. A plaster cast of the 'Borghese Gladiator' is featured in Henry Singleton’s group portrait ‘The Royal Academicians in General Assembly’ (1795).