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Design

  • Place of origin:

    London (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1770s-1780s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chalk on laid paper

  • Museum number:

    E.452:2-2010

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case A, shelf 190

This design depicts a coat of arms within a shell with female figure drawn upside down at one side of the sheet of paper. This design made in the 1770s or 1780s is by Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823). It is drawn on the back of a design is for a wall monument to commemorate an unknown man. Nollekens is best known as the leading portrait sculptor in Britain between 1770 and 1815. With his fellow Royal Academicians Thomas Banks and John Flaxman he established the British School of sculpture following decades of dependence on immigrant sculptors (such as Rysbrack, Scheemakers and Roubiliac). Flaxman praised Nollekens as the only sculptor before Banks who had "formed his taste on the antique and introduced a purer style of art". Opportunities to study the antique were plentiful whilst Nollekens lived for eight years from 1762-1770 in Rome. As a draughtsman he was exceptionally well trained for his day.

Physical description

Design depicting a coat of arms within a shell with female figure drawn upside down at one side of the sheet of paper. The design is on the back of E.452:1-2010.

Place of Origin

London (possibly, made)

Date

1770s-1780s (made)

Artist/maker

Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Chalk on laid paper

Marks and inscriptions

'80.7.9 a & b'
In pencil at bottom of inside mount. Sackler no.

Dimensions

Height: 25.9 cm, Width: 19.8 cm

Object history note

Historical significance: 'Nollekens is best known as the leading portrait sculptor in Britain between 1770 and 1815, and as the subject of the biography Nollekens and his Times (1828) by J.T. Smith. With his fellow Royal Academicians Thomas Banks and John Flaxman he established the British School of sculpture following decades of dependence on immigrant sculptors (such as Rysbrack, Scheemakers and Roubiliac). Flaxman praised Nollekens as the only sculptor before Banks who had "formed his taste on the antique and introduced a purer style of art". As a draughtsman he was exceptionally well trained for his day. He is also noted as a collector; he owned the three wax reliefs by Giambologna now in the V&A. The V&A's collection includes three busts by Nollekens, five of his terracottas, his marble copy after the antique, Castor and Pollux (1767)and his original marble of Diana (1778).'

Julius Bryant on RF 2010/245.

Historical context note

In the ca. 2009 edition of Gunnis's Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, design is identified as 'Sackler priv. col.'

Descriptive line

Design for sculpture by Joseph Nollekens, 1770s-1780s.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Roscoe, Ingrid, Hardy, Emma, Sullivan, M. G. A biographical dictionary of sculptors in England, 1660-1851. New Haven [Conn.]; London: Yale University Press, c.2009. pp.896-911.

Materials

Chalk; Laid paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Sepulchral monuments; Coats of arms; Sarcophagus

Categories

Sculpture; Designs; Death

Production Type

Design

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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