Bust of Homer

English (Staffordshire)
about 1779
Marked by Josiah Wedgwood & Thomas Bentley, active 1768–1780, Wedgwood Manufactory (Staffordshire, England, active 1759–present)


Overall (h x w x d): 48.3 x 29.8 x 29.5 cm (19 x 11 3/4 x 11 5/8 in.) [note: greatest width taken from shoulder to shoulder] Overall (Diameter of socle): 7.6 cm (3 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Black stoneware (basaltware)

On View

Susan Morse Hilles Gallery (Gallery 152)





This bust was taken from a plaster cast by Hoskins and Grant (formerly Hoskins and Oliver) and “perfected” by William Hackwood. Hoskins and Grant were moulders and casters in plaster to the Royal Academy from 1768. Under the later partnership they supplied moulds of busts to Wedgwood and Bentley from 1774-1779. This example was supplied in 1774. William Hackwood (ca. 1757-1839) was the chief modeller of ornamental work at Etruria. He was employed in 1769 and was responsible for remodelling and adapting busts and bas reliefs bought in London at this period.


Incised: 'Homer" and "Wedgwood & Bentley" on reverse


Leo Kaplan Ltd., New York. About 2004, acquired on the New York art market by Horace Wood Brock, New York; 2007, gift of Horace Wood Brock to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 2008)

Credit Line

Gift of Horace Wood Brock