'Discobolus', c 1857.
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Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869) of a marble statue of a discus thrower at the British Museum, London. This is a Roman copy of a bronze original of the 5th century BC attributed to the sculptor Myron (active c 470-440 BC). It was normally on display in the Graeco-Roman Saloon but in 1857 it was closed for redecoration. It is photographed here in the Assyrian Transept of the Museum, with the statues and carvings of the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery in the background. In 1853 The British Museum had asked Fenton to document parts of their collection as their official photographer. Roger Fenton was a founding member of the Royal Photographic Society and one of the most influential photographers of the 1850s.