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The Dying Gaul in an Interior

Photo credit: National Trust Images

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The marble sculpture of the Dying Gaul (or Gladiator, as it was once called) was found in the grounds of the Villa Ludovisi, Rome. It was subsequently owned by Clement XII, and was taken to France during the Napoleonic wars. It returned to Rome in 1816 and is now in the Capitoline Museums.

This is one of a set of eight paintings of celebrated ancient Greek statuary painted in grisaille (a grey-green monochrome colour) by the artist. The set was probably commissioned as souvenirs by John Parker (1734/1735–1788), MP, during his Grand Tour of Italy in 1764 and may have occupied a garden building at Saltram.

National Trust, Saltram



The Dying Gaul in an Interior




oil on canvas


H 73.5 x W 98 cm

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Acquisition method

gift, as part of the endowment, from the 6th Earl of Morley, 1957

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Plympton, Plymouth, Devon PL7 1UH England

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