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Model - Reclining Figure
  • Reclining Figure
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Reclining Figure

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 - ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a sketch model for a reclining figure so far unidentified. A sculptor, designer and painter, Alfred Stevens (1817/18- 1875) 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

A female figure, nude from the waist upwards, reclining. Her right hand rests at her side. Her left hand missing.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1855 - ca. 1870 (made)


Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast


Length: 29 cm

Object history note

Purchased from Mrs Ada Gamble, 12 Stanlake Villas, Shepherd's Bush, London, together with a range of other objects by Stevens, for £175. Mrs Gamble was the widow of James Gamble, a pupil of Stevens, who had a large collection of designs and drawings by his former master.
This is a sketch model for a reclining figure so far unidentified.

Descriptive line

Sketch model, plaster cast, reclining figure, from a sketch by Alfred Stevens, English, ca. 1855-70

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, pp. 407, 8, cat. no. 663
Review of the Principal Acquisitions during the year 1911, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, published under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, pp. 6-7



Subjects depicted

Nude female figure


Sculpture; Architectural fittings


Sculpture Collection

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