The Borghese Gladiator replica statue, Whitby Abbey.

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G Lokey on May 20, 2013

The original Borghese statue was uncovered during excavations in Italy sometime before 1611 and was signed by the sculptor Agasias of Ephesus dated about 100 BC but was probably based on a much earlier Greek original. Soon after it entered the collection of the Pope's powerful aide Cardinal Borghese acquiring its modern name The Borghese Gladiator. Today it stands in the Louvre in Paris. A copy of the original came to stand on Whitby headland thanks to the nobleman Sir Hugh Cholmley II who had his own cast made to follow the trend of his peers at the time. It had gained iconic status with both Charles Ist and James Ist buying moulds of the statue which began to appear in classical gardens including Castle Howard and not to be outdone Sir Hugh paid for his own figure to be made. Although historians and archaeologists have pieced together the evidence for the Whitby gladiator they have failed to solve one mystery, what became of the Cholmley's original statue. This cast has been recreated using the same technique employed to create King Charles' 17th century Borghese figure and it was unveiled in 2009.

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Photo taken in Whitby Abbey, Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT, UK

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  • Uploaded on May 20, 2013
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    by G Lokey
    • Camera: SONY DSC-HX9V
    • Taken on 2013/05/17 14:26:26
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    • Focal Length: 26.54mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
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