Saturday, 10 June 2017



Tortoiseshell Relief of William III
Here attributed to John Obrisset.



Tortoiseshell reliefs of William III and Charles I

William III  8.8cms.
Coming up in the Library Sale at Mallams, Oxford 21 June 2017



This image cortesey Victoria and Albert Museum from  the website of M Ford Creech of Memphis

 - http://www.mfordcreech.com/Rare_Queen_Anne_George_I_Blonde_Tortoiseshell_&_Silver_Snuff_Box_Queen_Anne.html


Queen Anne of England ca. 1705          Material: Tortoise shell,  15 k rose gold tested. Size: 2 6/8" by 2 3/32". Date and Origin: 1705 marked,  Eng...:

Queen Anne Dated 1705.










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Drawing of a Monument by Grinling Gibbons




Grinling Gibbons - Design for a Funeral Monument
to William III and Mary 
Drawing in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Design for a monument for King William III and Queen Mary II; Baroque triumphal arch with statues of the King and Queen on a pedestal behind a sarcophagus, with Corinthian columns in front of which stand figures symbolizing Hope, Justice, Truth and Charity Pen and brown ink with wash



An unused design for a Monument to King William III (d. 1702) and Queen Mary.
With the mourning of Brittania and two two female attendants.

Pen and Ink  and Brown Washes
419 x 312 mm.

circa 1702.

With the figures of Hope, Justice and Prudence and Charity.

Note - 2 relifs of St George and the dragon in the entablature

A simplified version was used for the monument to Ist Duke of Beaufort (1629 - 1700) formerly in the St George's Chapel at Windsor and moved to the Church at Badminton in 1875.

Grinling Gibbons reused the design for the figures in a drawing prepared for the decoration of the saloon at Blenheimnow at the Bodleian Library.

The figures of Justice and Prudence at Badminton were taken down some time ago but it is hoped they will return.

Info. and Image from British Museum.

I have photographs of the monuments at Badminton and hopefully will be able to publish them in due course.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Sculpture at All Souls College, Oxford



Sculpture at All Souls College, Oxford.

Some notes and photographs.

It is my intention to put together an in depth study of portrait sculpture at All Souls sometime soon but in the meantime I am adding a couple of photographs As readers of this blog will know it is a receptacle for mostly unfinished notes and images for my parallel blog. -

http://bathartandarchitecture.blogspot.co.uk/

It seems to have taken on a life of its own - but my intention is to try and put the information gathered here into some semblence of order - for instance I have posted on Equestrian Statue both here in England and in Europe in a fairly random fashion - it would make sense to put all these notes together in chronological order perhaps arranged by works in the U.K. and then in Europe.

The notes on the portrait busts of Isaac Newton are currently in this blog because I have not finished putting them together.

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The Sculpture in the Library at All Souls College, Oxford.








Universal Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure. 1755.











Excerpts above from A New Pocket Companion for Oxford..... 1814.
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from The Oxford University and City Guide ..... 1838

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Henry Chichele (1364 - 1443).
Archbishop of Canterbury.
Louis Francois Roubiliac 
Payment of 50 guineas in 1751 ( Biog. Dictionary of Sculptors Yale 2009).

The terracotta for this bust described as Archbishop Chicheley was sold at the Roubiliac Studio sale in St Martins Lane, Lot 86, 2nd day Thursday May 13th, 1762. Disappeared - hopefully it will turn up one day


Founder of All Souls

Photograph Courtesy Robin Stevens
see - http://www.cynic.org.uk/photos/Oxford/20110911/index2.html


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Portrait of Henry Chichele, bust-length, in an oval, slightly turned to the right, dressed in a fur-trimmed chasuble with a mitre on his head, his arms below on a pedestal, illustration to "The Life of Archbishop Chichele"  Engraving


Engraving
Michael Burghers
157 x 92 mm
c 1700
British Museum


Portrait of Henry Chichele, bust-length, in an oval, slightly turned to the right, dressed in a fur-trimmed chasuble with a mitre on his head, his arms below  Engraving


Henry Chichele
Engraving
Michael Burghers

295 x 186 mm
c 1700

British Museum

Portrait of Henry Chichele, founder of All Soul's College, Oxford, TQL, wearing mitre and bishop's robes, and holding a staff; wall and door of building behind; coat of arms in lower margin.  Mezzotint

Henry Chichele
John Faber the younger
Mezzotint 
260 x 200mm

c. 1710 -21
British Museum



Henry Chichele by Sir James Thornhill.(1675 - 1734).
Oil on Canvas

238 x 157 cms.

In the Collection of All Souls College, Oxford
Photo. All Souls College Oxford.




Tomb of Henry Chichele
Canterbury Cathedral. 
Polychrome Stone
1420's
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Photograph Courtesy Robin Stevens
see - http://www.cynic.org.uk/photos/Oxford/20110911/index2.html

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Sir Christopher Codrington
1732 - 4.
Payment of £148 9s 6d to Henry Cheere (Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors... - Yale 2009).

Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford. 
Photograph Courtesy Robin Stevens
see - http://www.cynic.org.uk/photos/Oxford/20110911/index2.html

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Sir Anthony Sherley.


Anthony Sherley

National Portrait Gallery


Anthony Sherley (Shirley), by Giovanni Orlandi, 1601 - NPG D33607 - © National Portrait Gallery, London


National Portrait Gallery


Anthony Sherley (Shirley), by Aegidius Sadeler II, circa 1612 - NPG D33606 - © National Portrait Gallery, London


National Portrait Gallery

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Brian Duppa, by Robert White, published 1674 - NPG D29528 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Brian (Bryan) Duppa (1588 - 1662).
Bishop of Winchester
by Robert White
engraving
99 x 62 mm 
1674.

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Gilbert Sheldon FRS (1598 - 1677).
Archbishop of Canterbury


Portrait of Gilbert Sheldon, when Bishop of London, half length in an oval frame on a pedestal, wearing skull-cap, collar and episcopal robes; coat of arms on pedestal. Engraving

Gilbert Sheldon
When Bishop of London
ad vivum
David Loggan
Engraving
281 x 180 mm.
British Museum

Gilbert Sheldon, by George Vertue, after  Sir Peter Lely, early-mid 18th century - NPG D16924 - © National Portrait Gallery, London
Gilbert Sheldon
Archbishop of Canterbury
after Sir Peter Lely
engraving
Illustration to Rapin and Tindall's History of England 1745.
207 x 137 mm.
Mid 18th Century
National Portrait Gallery.

Portrait, three-quarter length, seated; wearing square cap, beard and mustache, and episcopal robes; holding a handkerchief in right hand and an open book in left hand; in the background, curtain, with floral pattern.  c.1665/85  Mezzotint


Gilbert Sheldon
Anonymous Mezzotint
374 x 258
c.1665 - 1685.
British Museum.

Frontispiece to Edward Chamberlayne, 'Angliae Notitia; or the Present State of England', 7th edition (London, 1673); Charles II enthroned, holding orb and sceptre; standing beside him, the Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir Orlando Bridgeman, the Lord Keeper.  Engraving

Gilbert Sheldon
Frontispiece to Edward Chamberlayne, 'Angliae Notitia; or the Present State of England', 7th edition (London, 1673); Charles II enthroned, holding orb and sceptre; standing beside him, the Gilbert Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir Orlando Bridgeman, the Lord Keeper. 
Engraving
135 mm x 75 mm.

British Museum
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Dr Thomas Sydenham

Portrait of Thomas Sydenham, physician in London, bust to right in an oval, with wavy long hair, wearing white collar; lettered state; after Mary Beale  Engraving


After Mary Beale
Engraving by Blooteling
c. 1673 - 1680.
161 x 98 trimmed
British Museum

Friday, 2 June 2017

Bust in the Royal Collection, attrib. van Nost - Black People in 17th and 18th Century European Sculpture - a quick tour.



Some random notes on the Royal Collection bust and portrait sculpture of black people.

"Bust of a Moor" 
Polychrome Marble
in the Royal Collection 
attrib. John van Nost I.

Height 98.5 cms

It seems that this bust has been in the Royal Collection since about 1700

This sculpture has been traditionally described as a favorite personal servant of William III.

There appears to have so far been little information available on this incredible bust.

I will remain sceptical for the time being.It is of exceptional quality.

It is my current thinking that it is Venetian

Excellent Hi Res images from the Royal Collection Website

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/1396/bust-of-a-moor




































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18th Century Polychrome Marble Venetian Bust

Unknown location.

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18th Century Polychrome Marble Bust of a Youth.
Venetian

Anonymous

65.4 cms

Victoria and Albert Museum.


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Pair of Polychrome Marble Busts in the style of Melchior Barthel (1625 - 72) of Dresden.
Sold Gallerie Koller Zurich Switzerland - 2 Dec 2010.

Barthel seems to have made something of a specialty of depicting black people in his sculptures.



joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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joshdll:
“ Two busts by Melchior Barthel featuring Roman Moors as Generals. Male and female. Circa 1650s.
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Currently unidentified location

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Polychrome Marble bust of a Young Man

Melchior Barthel

c. 1650

Height 24.5 inches

Saint Louis Art Museum.

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Funeral Monument of the Doge, Giovanni Pesaro
designed by Baldassari Longhena

Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice



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http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2010/treasures-aristocratic-heirlooms-l10307/lot.6.html
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Anonymous Sculptor (Venice)  Portrait Bust of a Man  Italy (early 16th Century)  Polychromed Bronze, 27.9 cm. (H) [Bust of a black man wearing a doublet, a soft cap with a tassle, and earrings.]  Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Department of Western Art.:


Ashmolean Museum

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Just for good measure I am adding the bust by Francis Harwood (1727 - 83).
Created in Florence 1758



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see - http://www.britishartstudies.ac.uk/issues/issue-index/issue-1/bust-of-a-man
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Jean-Baptiste Pigalle Paul France (1760) Terracotta Portrait Bust, 61 cm. Read more about Paul, an enslaved man in Pre-Revolutionary France, here.:

Jean Baptiste Pigalle
Terracotta
1760

Musee d'Orleans, France




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Anonymous Artist
Serpentine Bust of a Black Woman
Italy (c. 16th century)
Carved serpentine, 15.75 in.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Bust of a young woman
Anonymous Italian?
Serpentine
15.75"
16th Century?
Victoria and Albert Museum.



Bust of a Man
Anonymous
Italan?
Bronze
Height 22 cms
National Museum of Warsaw


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see - http://www.britishartstudies.ac.uk/issues/issue-index/issue-1/bust-of-a-man


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