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Statuette - Cupid on a Horse

Cupid on a Horse

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1640 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fanelli, Francesco (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dr W.L. Hildburgh FSA

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 10, shelf 3

Francesco Fanelli (died 1665) was an Italian sculptor who worked at the court of Charles I. He was described in a royal inventory as,‘ffrancisco the one eyed Italian’. His numerous small bronzes often combine the same elements to form new compositions. He came to England from Genoa around 1631 and in 1640 described himself as 'Sculptor to the King of Great Britain'.
Charles I's collection contained many bronzes, including a version of this model.

Physical description

Cupid, astride a galloping horse, is about to fire his bow and arrow.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1640 (made)


Fanelli, Francesco (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 14.9 cm, Width: 6.7 cm base, Length: 18.8 cm overall

Object history note

Given by Dr. W. L. Hildburgh, F. S. A., 1952.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, by Francesco Fanelli, Anglo-Italian (London), ca. 1640

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Howarth, D. 'Charles I, Sculpture and Sculptor's'. In: A. MacGregor (ed.), The Late King's Goods, Oxford University Press, London & Oxford, no. 3, p. 93, fig 44
Warren, Jeremy, with contributions from Kim, S. and Kosinova, A., The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Italian Sculpture, Vol. 2, London, 2016, p. 434, fig. 100.2

Production Note






Subjects depicted

Horses; Archery


Sculpture; Myths & Legends


Sculpture Collection

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