The Metrological Relief

(Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; number: AN.Michaelis 83)

  Where did it go then?
  The Metrological Relief (a000103)
  • It was taken to Arundel House, on the Strand in London (now beneath the Adelphi). In the 1630s, Arundel House contained no fewer than 37 statues, 128 busts and 250 inscriptions as well as a large number of sarcophagi, altars and fragments. In addition there were paintings, drawings, gems, coins and medals. Only the Royal collection was larger.
  • In 1691, the Arundel sculpture was sold to Sir William Fermor, later Baron Leominster, who used them to adorn his house and grounds at Easton Neston, Northamptonshire. At this time, the Metrological Relief was built into the pediment of an elaborate garden feature.
  • In 1755, the Pomfret marbles, including the Metrological Relief, were presented to the University of Oxford.
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