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Bust - Bust of Cato the Younger
  • Bust of Cato the Younger
    Josiah Wedgwood's factory
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Bust of Cato the Younger

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black Basalt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case 13, shelf 3

Physical description

Black Basalt bust of the Roman emperor Cato the Younger. He looks down and to his right. His naked torso is truncated before the shoulder and is supported on a turned and waisted socle of Black Basalt, to which it is secured with a bolt

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)


ca. 1785 (made)


Josiah Wedgwood's factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Black Basalt

Marks and inscriptions

"WEDGWOOD" impressed


Weight: 7 kg, Height: 50 cm conversion from imperial, Width: 28 cm conversion from imperial

Descriptive line

Bust of Cato the Younger, Black Basalt, Josiah Wedgwood's factory, Staffordshire, ca. 1785

Production Note

Josiah Wedgwood obtained a plaster bust of this subject from the London firm of Hoskins and Grant in 1774. This was worked over for reproduction in Black Basalt by Wedgwood's chief modeller, William Hackwood.


Black basalt; Stoneware




Ceramics Collection

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