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Sketch model - Model for angle-pieces on stove

Model for angle-pieces on stove

  • Object:

    Sketch model

  • Place of origin:

    Sheffield (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1850 - ca. 1851 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Museum number:

    974-1903

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a sketch for the bronze angle-pieces on the hot-air stove, designed by Steven for Mess Henry I. Hole & Co Ltd during 1850 and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Two spandrels are joined at a right angle; in one is a male figure and a monster; in the other a male figure lighting a torch from a lamp of classic shape.

A sculptor, designer and painter, Alfred Stevens rejected contemporary distinctions between fine art and design. From 1850 to 1857 he was chief designer to Hoole & Co., Sheffield, where he produced award-winning designs for metalwork, majolica, terracotta ornaments and chimney-pieces.

Perhaps his two greatest works were the decorations for the dining-room at Dorchester House, London (about 1856), for which he made countless drawings inspired by the Italian High Renaissance style, in particular the work of Michelangelo and the monument to the Duke of Wellington for St Paul's Cathedral, London, which was completed after his death. The two allegorical groups from this monument made a lasting impact on the New Sculpture movement.

The influence of the Italian Renaissance is evident in much of Steven's work, and is perhaps best reflected in the Wellington monument.

Physical description

Two spandrels, joined at a right angle; in one is a male figure and a monster; in the other a male figure lighting a torch from a lamp of classic shape.

Place of Origin

Sheffield (made)

Date

ca. 1850 - ca. 1851 (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 27.94 cm each spandrel

Object history note

Bought from Hugh Stannus, 64 Larkhall Rise, Clapham, London, together with range of other objects by Stevens, for £35. This model was included in a large purchase of material by Stevens in the possession of Stannus, a former pupil of Stevens who wrote a monograph on the sculptor in 1891.

Historical context note

This is a sketch for the bronze angle-pieces on the hot-air stove, designed by Steven for Mess Henry I. Hole & Co Ltd during 1850 and exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Descriptive line

Sketch model, plaster, for the bronze angle-pieces on the hot-air stove exhibited at the Great Exhibition 1851, by Alfred Stevens, England, ca. 1850-1

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

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p.362-3, cat.no 538.
Inventory of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum in the Years 1903 - 1904. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, During the Year 1903, Arranged According to the Dates of Acquisition with Appendix and Indices. London: Printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office, by Wyman and Sons, Limited, 1907, p. 167

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Monster; Male figure; Lamp; Torch

Categories

Sculpture; Architectural fittings; Great Exhibition

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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