Artist:   unknown possibility after a bronze statue from the Hellenistic Period

Year: Ca. 1850

Italian or French casting

Medium:   patinaed Bronze with gilt decorations

Provenance:  Adelicia to her son Joseph Hayes Acklen to his daughter Jeannette Acklen Noel to her son Oscar Noel, Jr. to his daughter Adelicia Noel Leeper


2004.02.01EL on Loan for Adelicia Leeper


While this statue has remained in the Acklen family, its mate was sold at the estate sale in 1888.  The whereabouts of that statue is unknown today.  The statue originally had Alexander on Bucephalus.  But that figure has been lost. 


The Bucephalus statue has no foundry mark, but it was most likely was cast in France or Italy. 

The most common source for reproductions of this subject is a Hellenistic Bronze in the National archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy; as well as an identical statue at from the Hellenistic Period (ca. 400 – 323 B.C) at the Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia in Rome, Italy.   There are a number of differences with the blanket and the horse’s tail.  The base is a naturalistic setting also with a gilded element.     


Bucephalus was the famous horse of Alexander the Great who carried him into most of his battles over the years.  Bucephalus was killed in Alexander’s last great battle in 326B.C. Alexander gave a state funeral for him and built a city in India named Bucephala on the place where he died.  Bucephala is modern day Jhelum. 

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Nashville, TN 37212


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Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk