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Bust - Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
  • Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

  • Object:

    Bust

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    A.25-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bronze bust, made after Alfred Stevens, was commissioned in 1950 by the Trustees of the Tate Gallery and was cast after the equestrian statue on the Wellington Monument.

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.

Although Stevens came equal fifth in the competition for the Wellington monument, the winner being the Scots sculptor William Calder Marshall (1813-1894), he was eventually given the commission as his design was felt to be more in keeping with the interior of St Paul's.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 31 cm

Object history note

This bronze bust, made after Alfred Stevens, was commissioned in 1950 by the Trustees of the Tate Gallery and was cast after the plaster for the equestrian statue on the Wellington Monument. Transferred from the Tate Gallery in 1953.

Descriptive line

Bust, bronze, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, after Alfred Stevens, English, 1950 (original from ca. 1866)

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. 385, cat. no. 606
Droth, Martina, Edwards, Jason, and Hatt, Michael, Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901, exh. cat., YUP, New Haven and London, 2015, pp. 355-357

Production Note

after the original of about 1866

Materials

Bronze

Categories

Bronze; Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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