Thomas Campbell

The Young Ascanius

About this artwork

Arthur Fitzgerald Kinnaird (1814-1887) was the eight-year-old son of the 8th Lord Kinnaird. Campbell’s sculpture was commissioned at the suggestion of Lord Byron, a friend of the Kinnairds, and commemorates Arthur’s appearance at a costume ball in Rome. He is portrayed with a Phrygian (Trojan) cap as Ascanius from the ancient Roman poet, Virgil’s Aeneid. After the Greek destruction of Troy, Ascanius and his father Aeneas fled to Italy and the site where Rome was later founded.

Updated before 2020

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Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell