The Campana reliefs take their name from Marchese G. Campana, a nineteenth-century collector who owned a large number of similar Roman terracotta reliefs.
This extensive collection of antiquities, works of art, furniture, and paintings was amassed by Sir Daniel Donohue and his wife, Countess Bernadine, during the 1950s and 1960s. The collection had been started more than a century beforehand by the Countess’s father, Daniel Murphy, and subsequently housed in California, across three Italian and French styled residences (including the famous Villa San Giuseppe estate in Los Angeles).
Countess Bernardine died in March 1968, with the majority of the collection formed prior to her death. Bernardine was made a Papal Countess by Pope John XXIII in recognition of her generosity, after she established the Dan Murphy Foundation in honour of her father. After her death, Sir Daniel continued her charitable works, and donated the Villa San Giuseppe to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.