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Emperor Vespasian (9-79)

eighteenth century

RCIN 2138

The Emperor Vespasian (ruled AD 69–79) was renowned for his fairness and good governance. After his death he was deified and worshipped as a god. This bust and its partner were acquired for the Prince Regent by his great friend and fellow art enthusiast Lord Yarmouth, later Third Marquess of Hertford, whose collection formed the basis of today’s Wallace Collection.

Purchased for George IV in Paris, 1818

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.