A Roman white marble figure of Narcissus and another, possibly Phineas turned to stone or possibly representing Winter, Studio of Domenico Guidi (1625 –1701).

The figures were bought in Rome, probably during the 5th Earl of Exeter’s Grand Tour of 1683-84.
The figure with flowing robe certainly represents Narcissus; the identity of the other scantily-clad figure is less clear. It was always thought to represent Phineus, a spurned lover of Andromeda, turned to stone by Perseus after causing trouble at the wedding of Perseus and Andromeda. However, a representation of Winter has recently been suggested.
Both figures have notches cut into their bases which relates to their originally having been mounted on the rims of two marble basins, piped for flowing water and located in the Marble Hall at Burghley.
The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘The Marble Salloon Roome, 2 Marble fountaines with figures on Them.’ The figures are 60 cm high.

REFERENCE: EWA08610 & EWA08611

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