Hercules, wearing lion skin, wrestling with a bull, with his PR knee and hand pressing down on the bull's shoulder and his PL hand holding bull's PR horn, holding it to the ground

Hercules and the Bull, c. 1820

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This small sculpture of Hercules' seventh Labour, the capturing of the Cretan Bull, was made by an unknown English silversmith in the early 19th century for Prince Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843). The only further known cast of this model is kept by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Originally the silver sculpture would have served as an ornament for the dining table - a particularly appropriate subject whenever beef was served.

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Title
Hercules and the Bull
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Artist
Accession Number
2012.39
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Hercules, wearing lion skin, wrestling with a bull, with his PR knee and hand pressing down on the bull's shoulder and his PL hand holding bull's PR horn, holding it to the ground