Pluto Enchaining Cerberus
Pluto Enchaining Cerberus
Pluto Enchaining Cerberus
Pluto Enchaining Cerberus

Image credit: Sir John Soane’s Museum

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This is a small-scale copy of the famous marble group of 'Pluto enchaining Cerberus' ('Pluton tenant Cerbère enchaîne') by the French sculptor Augustin Pajou, now in the Louvre. The original marble was Pajou's diploma work, approved by the Académie Royale in Paris in 1759 and submitted for admission to the Académie in 1760. In summer 1787, Henry Webber's employer, Josiah Wedgwood, sent him to Rome. He travelled via Paris, presumably saw Pajou's sculpture during his time there and made this copy, bringing it with him when he returned to London in 1789.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

London

Title

Pluto Enchaining Cerberus

Date

c.1787–1789

Medium

terracotta

Accession number

M405

Acquisition method

acquired by Sir John Soane, before 1837

Work type

Statue

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