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Bust of Lord Byron

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Marble bust with marble socle


Monogram on back of bust AT [with the T inside the A]


1821, sold by the artist in Rome to Joseph Coolidge (b. 1798 - d. 1879), Boston (original commission) [see note 1]; by descent to his son, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge (b. 1831 - d. 1920), Boston; 1920, gift of Thomas Jefferson Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 21, 1920) NOTES: [1] This sculpture replicates Thorvaldsen's 1817 bust of Lord Byron (Royal Collection, Windsor Castle). Byron himself wrote in 1821 that "a young American named Coolidge called on me many months ago...and told me that he (Mr. Coolidge) had obtained a copy of my bust from Thorwal[d]sen at Rome to send to America." See 'In the Wind's Eye': Byron's Letter and Journals, ed. Leslie A. Marchand, vol. 9 (1821-1822), pp. 20-21, no. 25.

Credit Line

Gift of T. Jefferson Coolidge


Object Place

Rome, Italy


Overall (Dimensions of bust, width and depth at base): 45.1 x 23 x 17.5 cm, 30.8 kg (17 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 6 7/8 in., 68 lb.) Other (Dimensions of socle): 14.6 x 23.5 cm (5 3/4 x 9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Stone; Marble