Discobolus. Detail
Roman copy of Greek sculpture by Miron (so-called “Townley’s Discobolus”).
Marble.
Inv. No. GR 1805.7-3.43 (Sculpture 250).
London, The British Museum Photo by Ilya Shurygin

Discobolus. Detail.

Roman copy of Greek sculpture by Miron (so-called “Townley’s Discobolus”).
Marble.
Inv. No. GR 1805.7-3.43 (Sculpture 250).

London, The British Museum

Origin:
Was discovered at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, and was purchased by the English antiquary and art dealer established in Rome, Thomas Jenkins, at public auction in 1792. The English connoisseur Charles Towneley paid him 400 for the statue, which arrived at the semi-public gallery Townley commissioned in Park Street, London, in 1794. The heads were wrongly restored, as Richard Payne Knight pointed out, but Townley was convinced his was the original and better copy.
It was bought for the British Museum, with the rest of Townley’s marbles, in July 1805
Credits:
© 2011. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
Keywords: marble statue of Discobolus Townley Myron ephebe athlete sport sportsman youth discobolos discobolus discus-thrower Inv No GR 1805 7-3 43 Sculpture 250
History of Ancient Rome