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Antique English "Bust of a Gentleman" by Samuel Joseph

$12,500

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A very finely carved portrayal of an English statesman, the work is particularly interesting in light of its striking resemblance to Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Beyond the iconic nose and strong brow over distinctive almond eyes, our bust presents with a powerful jaw flanked by the slight sagging jowls consistent with Wellesley, who would have been seventy-four years old when this bust was carved. Any attribution would require some further research into Johnson's oeuvre, as the list of his work presently records only two works for the year of 1843: the Bust of Joseph Wilson of Highbury (Exhibited at the Royal Academy, London) and his Statue of Sir David Wilkie RA (Tate Gallery). Joseph's delicate handling of the surfaces and fluid carving of the sitter's features is highly individual and is to great effect, the eyes are gentle and warm, conveying a steadiness and sense of wisdom. Despite his apparent age there is a certain youthful energy in his strong shoulders and powerful demeanor. Rather than looking at the viewer, the figure looks through us to an unknown point in the distance. The work is signed across the reverse of the shoulders "S. JOSEPH SCULP 1843". Artist listings & bibliography: A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851, The Henry Moore Archive E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. VII, Gründ, 2006, p. 946 Measurements: 30" H x 9" D x 21" W.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 30 in. (76.2 cm)Width: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Depth: 9 in. (22.86 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1843
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 107PSF14E1stDibs: LU1059025241862

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