Maria, Mrs Henry Howard of Corby Castle, Cumberland and her child thumbnail 1
Maria, Mrs Henry Howard of Corby Castle, Cumberland and her child thumbnail 2
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On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 24, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries

Maria, Mrs Henry Howard of Corby Castle, Cumberland and her child

Figure
1800-1803 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Wordsworth was so moved by the monument that he wrote a sonnet about it.
This is a sketch model for a marble monument of Mrs Howard, who died in childbirth, in 1788. Some years later her husband commissioned a marble monument in her memory for the large sum of £1500. It was erected in Wetheral Church, Cumberland in 1803. This terracotta appeared in the sale of Nollekens's studio effects held on 4 July, 1823, and was bought by the sculptor Peter Rouw.

Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) was a prolific sculptor of portrait busts and operated a thriving workshop in London. He spent eight years in Rome, from 1762 to 1770, where he worked with Bartolomeo Cavaceppi restoring and copying antique marbles. One of these copies, his group of Castor and Pollux, is in the Museum's collection (Museum no. A.59-1940). He probably perfected his modelling of clay while he was in Rome and started to experiment in making small figures or groups. These occasionally became models for large-scale finished marbles, but many, still in his studio at his death, were simply studies in their own right, which he called pensieri (thoughts).

Object details

Category
Object type
TitleMaria, Mrs Henry Howard of Corby Castle, Cumberland and her child (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Terracotta
Brief description
Figure, sketch model, terracotta, of Maria, Mrs Henry Howard of Corby Castle, Cumberland and her child, by Joseph Nollekens, England, ca. 1800-3
Physical description
Model in terracotta for the monument in Wetheral Church, Cumberland. Mrs Howard recline supported by her left arm which rests on a cushion. In her right hand she holds her new-born child.
Dimensions
  • Overall length: 24.6cm
  • Overall width: 10.5cm
  • Height: 13.2cm
Gallery label
4. Joseph Nollekens 1737–1823 Model for a Monument to Maria Howard and Her Child About 1800–3 Maria was the wife of Henry Howard of Corby Castle in Cumberland. She died in childbirth, along with her baby daughter, in 1788. Some years later her husband erected a marble monument in her memory, at the huge cost of £1500. Wordsworth was so moved by the effigy that he made it the subject of a poem. London Terracotta From the collection of the sculptor Peter Rouw (1770–1852) Completed monument erected in Wetheral church, Cumberland Museum no. A.5-1944 Given by Miss Zoë Gordon Smith
Credit line
Given by Miss Zoë Gordon Smith
Object history
This terracotta together with A.6, 7, 8, 9 and 10- 1944 were formerly in the possession of Mrs C.H Smith (nee Fanny Riviere b. 1813), the grandmother of the donor. A seventh figure, a standing man is in the property of Mrs C.A. Cater and has been promised to the Museum as a bequest. Mrs C.H Smith in a memoir called 'Letter to Gordon' and addressed to her grandson, when she was 79, refers to her 'many' terracottas by Nollekens but does not state how they were acquired. The donor in a letter dated 31/03/1944 states 'I can vouch for the fact that Nollekens himself gave them to my Grandmother Mrs C.H. Smith. They were near neighbours- my Grandmother then living at No. 8 Cirencester Place, Fitzroy Square, from about 1813 to 1834.'
Subject depicted
Summary
Wordsworth was so moved by the monument that he wrote a sonnet about it.
This is a sketch model for a marble monument of Mrs Howard, who died in childbirth, in 1788. Some years later her husband commissioned a marble monument in her memory for the large sum of £1500. It was erected in Wetheral Church, Cumberland in 1803. This terracotta appeared in the sale of Nollekens's studio effects held on 4 July, 1823, and was bought by the sculptor Peter Rouw.

Joseph Nollekens (1737-1823) was a prolific sculptor of portrait busts and operated a thriving workshop in London. He spent eight years in Rome, from 1762 to 1770, where he worked with Bartolomeo Cavaceppi restoring and copying antique marbles. One of these copies, his group of Castor and Pollux, is in the Museum's collection (Museum no. A.59-1940). He probably perfected his modelling of clay while he was in Rome and started to experiment in making small figures or groups. These occasionally became models for large-scale finished marbles, but many, still in his studio at his death, were simply studies in their own right, which he called pensieri (thoughts).
Bibliographic references
  • Kenworthy- Browne, J. 'Terracotta Models by Joseph Nollekens, R.A' The Sculpture Journal, pp.72-84, ill. p.81
  • Whinney, Margaret, English Sculpture 1720-1830. London: H. M. Stationery Off., 1971 p.120
  • Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470-2000: A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications, 2002 pp. 103-4. cat. no. 142
  • The Age of Neo-Classicism, London : Arts Council of Great Britain, 1972 no. 414
Collection
Accession number
A.5-1944

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