In the introduction to the 1928 catalogue of the Melchett Collection Eugenie Strong writes that “the name of Mond remains permanently associated with the splendid Italian pictures brought together by Ludwig Mond [1839-1909] and now housed in the National Gallery. Love of art and collecting was in the Mond tradition, and to this the younger generation continues faithful” (E. Strong, Catalogue of the Greek and Roman Antiques in the Possession of the Rt. Honorable Lord Melchett, P.C., D.Sc., F.R.S., 1928). Ludwig Mond’s son Alfred, 1st Baron Melchett (1868-1930), began expanding the breadth of the collection early in the 20th Century, and it seems probable that the torso of Apollo was acquired by him, the father-in-law of Gwen, wife of the 2nd Baron.
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