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Plaster cast - Bust of a child
  • Bust of a child
    Robbia, Andrea della, born 1435 - died 1525
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Bust of a child

  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    Florence (original , sculpted)
    London (plaster, cast)

  • Date:

    ca. 1460-1490 (sculpted)
    ca. 1867 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Robbia, Andrea della, born 1435 - died 1525 (sculptor)
    Giovanni Franchi and Son (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf N

This plaster cast was made after the original in the Museo Nazionale (Bargello) in Florence made by Andrea della Robbia in the 15th century. The cast was made by the company Messrs Franchi & Son in London in about 1867.

Plaster casts were especially sought after during the 19th century, when reproductions of great works of sculpture and architecture were thought crucial for the training of artists. A separating substance was applied to the surface of the work to be reproduced, and a plaster mould made from that. The mould would then be used to make any number of additional plaster copies. These were often sold to artists, and later in the century to art colleges for study purposes.

Physical description

Plaster cast of a glazed terracotta bust of a child.

Place of Origin

Florence (original , sculpted)
London (plaster, cast)


ca. 1460-1490 (sculpted)
ca. 1867 (cast)


Robbia, Andrea della, born 1435 - died 1525 (sculptor)
Giovanni Franchi and Son (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast


Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Messrs Franchi & Son in 1867 for £1.

Historical context note

This bust may represent the youthful Christ and may once have had a pendant figure of the young St John the Baptist similar to the companion figure of a child (museum no. 1888-509).

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, of an original glazed terracotta bust of a child, in the Museo Nazionale (Bargello), by Andrea della Robbia, Florence, ca. 1460-1490, cast by Messrs Franchi & Son, London, ca.1867





Subjects depicted

Children (people by age group); Busts


Sculpture; Plaster Cast; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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