The great orator was born B.C. 383 and died B.C. 322. His orations against Philip of Macedon have given a name to that style of composition, Phillipic and most of his statues seem to represent Demosthenes thundering against the enemy of Athens. The orator stands erect, his toga wrapped around his body and drawn over his left shoulder, leaves both arms and the right breast bare. He holds in both hands a rolled volume and a case containing others is at his feet. No. 62 of the Vatican Catalogue; stands in the Braccio Nuovo--formerly in the Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati. Hand with the roll and half the arm restored. Friedrich's Bausteine, No. 513, thinks it a copy from a Greek original. According to him the great orator meditating, and not (as is generally said) pronouncing one of the Philipics.--Brigham, Cast Catalogue of Antique Sculpture, p. 71. [P. 20.]
1875. Descriptive Catalogue of Statuary, on Exhibition at the Gallery of the Maryland Historical Society Rooms, Athenaeum Buildings, St. Paul and Saratoga Streets, Baltimore. Baltimore: Printed by John Murphy & Co. Publishers, Booksellers, Printers and Stationers. 182 Baltimore Street, 1875.