Corinth's Monument to Actium (The Guildford or Cornith Puteal) by Unknown Artist

This cylindrical drum is decorated in low relief with 10 figures of deities and heroes.


50 x 106 cm
Art Fund grant:
£108,000 ( Total: £294,009; Export stopped)
Acquired in:
Oliver Forge and Brendan Lynch Ltd

At the front two short processions meet, on the left is Apollo with his lyre who leads Artemis and another woman (probably their mother Leto), on the right is Athena/Minerva leading Herakles/Hercules and a veiled woman (Hera or perhaps Aprhodite). At the back, from left to right, is Hermes/Mercury leading 3 dancing women. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Frederick North (later Earl of Guilford) in 1810 at Corinth; Thomas Wentworth Beaumont, MP in 1827, taken to Bretton Hall; West Riding County Council in 1947; Leeds University.

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