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Relief - Gilbert
  • Gilbert
    David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, born 1788 - died 1856
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Gilbert

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1841 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, born 1788 - died 1856 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    A.4-1964

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a sketch model for a tomb slab which was never executed. The young poet is shown with his legs and loins enveloped in a shroud.
Gilbert, poet and satirist, suffered an injury to the skull, which caused him to undergo operation of trepanning. He became insane and died at the age of 29 after swallowing the key to his money-box.
The objects at his side were intended to represent surgical instruments.

Physical description

The poet is shown recumbent with bare breast, his loins and legs enveloped in a shroud, which is tied at the ankles. His right arm is stretched beside him: he holds a manuscript in his right hand. With his left he grasps his throat. His head is thrown back in agony. Beside him lie two scalpels (?) and a razor (?).

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1841 (made)

Artist/maker

David d'Angers, Pierre-Jean, born 1788 - died 1856 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Length: 22.2 cm, Width: 10.5 cm

Object history note

Given by Mr. Philip Laski, 1964.

Historical context note

This is a sketch model for a tomb slab which never was never executed.

Descriptive line

Relief, sketch model, terracotta, monument to the poet Nicolas-Joseph-Laurent Gilbert, by David d'Angers, French, 1841

Materials

Terracotta

Subjects depicted

Surgical instruments

Categories

Sculpture; Death

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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