William Brodie, Scottish (1815-1881): A sculpted white marble figure of 'Corinna', also known as 'Corinna, the Lyric Muse'
The semi-clad classical maiden seated on a rockwork plinth, her down cast head wearing a laurel diadem, her coiffure arranged in a loose trailing chignon to her nape, holding a paper scroll and a stylus in her right hand, a lyre to her feet on her left hand side, on oval base, signed to the right hand side W. BRODIE RSA, 87cm (34.25") high.
- Raised on a later grey marble pedestal, the circular plateau top above a short column shaft on moulded circular base, 90cm (35.75") high.
Corinna was a 5th century Greek poetess described as a lyric poet or poet singer and was ranked as the first and most distinguished of the nine Lyrical Muses. She was known as a noted beauty and winner of people games against her many male counterparts and as such antique statues of Corinna were erected in various parts of ancient Greece.