The Face of an Emperor: Hadrian inspects the Wall

Bronze head from a statue of the Emperor Hadrian

Tour dates: 8 February – 8 June 2008
Tour ended


The bronze head of Hadrian, dated to 2nd century AD, was found in the Thames near London in 1834.

This powerful portrait that inspired Marguerite Yourcenar’s novel Memoirs of Hadrian (1951), left the British Museum for the first time to travel to both ends of Hadrian’s Wall ahead of the British Museum exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, 24 July – 26 October 2008.

Supported by BP

See where the loan went on the map to the right.