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Figure - Woman with a book, possibly Religion, or Mrs Jane Coke of Holkham
  • Woman with a book, possibly Religion, or Mrs Jane Coke of Holkham
    Nollekens, Joseph Frans, born 1737 - died 1823
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Woman with a book, possibly Religion, or Mrs Jane Coke of Holkham

  • Object:

    Figure

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1800 - 1802 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    A.8-1944

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 22, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 2

This terracotta is possibly related to a monument to Jane Coke (1753-1800) of Holkham at Tittleshall, Norfolk. It may have been inspired by Roman baroque tomb sculpture. Nollekens's terracotta studies were an important means by which he worked out ideas, though he was also a prolific draughtsman, and many of his drawings are housed at the Museum. Drawings relating specifically to the monument to Mrs Coke are held at the V&A, in Sir John Soane's Museum and the Ashmolean Museum, in Oxford.

Nollekens 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).

Physical description

Terracotta sketch model, standing women with a book in her left hand. She leans on a pedestal or broken column. Her right hand is missing.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1800 - 1802 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm

Object history note

Sold on the second day of Christie's sale of Nollekens's studio effects, held on 4 July 1823, lot 19, and purchased by the sculptor Peter Rouw. Probably given by Mr Rouw to Mrs C.H. Smith. Thence by descent to Miss Zoë Gordon Smith. Given by Miss Zoë Gordon-Smith together with A.5-1944 to A.7-1944 and A.9-1944 and A.10-1944.

Descriptive line

Figure, sketch model, terracotta, Woman with a book, possibly Religion, or Mrs Jane Coke of Holkham, by Joseph Nollekens, England, ca. 1800-1802

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

Illustrated in Burlington Magazine LXXXV, September 1944, p. 221
Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 103. cat. no. 141
Esdaile, K.A., ‘A Group of Terracotta Models by Joseph Nollekens, R.A.’, in: Burlington Magazine, LXXXV, September 1944, pp. 220-3

Materials

Terracotta

Subjects depicted

Woman; Book

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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