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Room 119: Private sculpture gallery

Sleeping nymph, Antonio Canova, Italy, about 1820-1824. Museum no. A.30-1930

In the early 19th century a new interest in modern sculpture in the classical style developed, centred on the work of the Italian sculptor Antonio Canova. In Britain, his greatest patron was the 6th Duke of Devonshire whose gallery survives at the Chatsworth in Derbyshire. This gallery currently houses the 'Sleeping Nymph' by Antonio Canova.

Many British collectors developed a taste for classical sculpture during the Grand Tour that they took through Europe as young men. On their return, they commissioned specially designed settings for the sculpture they had bought, either in their London or their country houses.

Room 119 is on level 4 of the V&A South Kensington

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