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A standing figure of the god Hercules shown naked, young and unbearded, with ivy in his hair. He holds a club in his right hand and apples of the Hesperides in the left. To his left is a support over which is draped the skin of the Nemean lion. The work is Italian, probably from Rome, and made in the eighteenth century, a restored antiquity. The torso and legs are much made up; the head is restored, and the arms and club.
1 AD–150 AD & restorations c.1750–1780
H 158 x W 81 x D 55 cm
purchased from George Child-Villiers, 9th Earl of Jersey (1910–1998) by HM Government in 1949 for the Nation and vested in the Victoria and Albert Museum; transferred to the National Trust, 2002