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Monument - Monument to Emily Georgiana, Lady Winchilsea
  • Monument to Emily Georgiana, Lady Winchilsea
    Macdonald, Lawrence, born 1799 - died 1878
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Monument to Emily Georgiana, Lady Winchilsea

  • Object:

    Monument

  • Place of origin:

    Rome, Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Macdonald, Lawrence, born 1799 - died 1878 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carrara marble

  • Museum number:

    A.188-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, room 24, case FS

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This monument made by Lawrence Macdonald in 1850 is one in a series of dynastic monuments to the Finch family. Lady Winchilsea (1809–1848) died prematurely, and is portrayed in an elegant neo-classical style, the poetic inscription evoking the pathos of her early death. The sculpture was executed by the Scottish sculptor Lawrence Macdonald, who trained in Edinburgh, but spent most of his adult life living and working in Rome. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy in London, and at the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. He also showed works at the Great Exhibition of 1851. Prince Albert was one of his patrons, and he executed ideal sculpture for Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. This monument is one of his most highly regarded sculptures, and exemplifies the classicising style in sculpture, which continued well into the mid 19th century.

Physical description

The effigy, in white Carrara marble, is reclining on a classical day-bed. She wears a loose robe and is holding a scroll of paper on which reads: 'I AM HAPPY INDEED HAPPY IN THE WORD GOD IS WAITING FOR ME.' The bed is raised upon a high marble base. Inscribed, signed and dated.

Place of Origin

Rome, Italy (made)

Date

1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Macdonald, Lawrence, born 1799 - died 1878 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Carrara marble

Marks and inscriptions

'L.MACDONALD.FECIT.ROMA 1850'
'SACRED/TO THE MEMORY/OF/EMILY GEORGIANA/THE BELOVED WIFE OF/GEORGE WILLIAM/EARL OF WINCHILSEA AND NOTTINGHAM/WHO/DIED JULY THE 10TH 1848/AGED 39 AND WAS/BURIED IN THE CHANCEL OF EWERBY CHURCH/LINCOLNSHIRE'
'I AM HAPPY INDEED HAPPY IN THE WORD/GOD IS WAITING FOR ME'
'I/When the knell rung for the dying/Soundeth for me/And my corse coldly is lying/Neath the green tree
II/When the turf strangers are heaping/Covers my breast/Comes not to gaze on me weeping/I am at rest'
'III/All my life coldly and sadly/The days have gone by/I who dreamed wildly and madly/Am happy to die
IV/Long since my heart has been breaking/Its pain is past/A time has been set to its aching/Peace comes at last/E.G.W. &. N.'

Dimensions

Weight: 943 kg statue, Weight: 1898 kg base, Height: 89.9 cm statue, Height: 90.5 cm base, Width: 55.9 cm statue, Width: 68.3 cm, Length: 135.6 cm statue, Length: 148.3 cm base, Weight: 2841 kg total

Object history note

This object is from the ruined church of St. Mary, Eastwell, Kent, the south porch. Given by the Rector and Church wardens of the Parish of Eastwell with Boughton Aluph in 1969.

Descriptive line

Statue, marble, 'Monument to Emily Georgiana, Lady Winchilsea', by Lawrence Macdonald, Scottish, Rome made, 1850

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

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002. pp. 329-30. cat. no. 498
Gunnis, R., Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851, (revised edition, first published London 1953), London, 1968, p. 248
Physick, J., ‘Five monuments from Eastwell’, in: Victoria & Albert Museum Yearbook, II, 1970, pp. 135-6, no. 5. fig. 16

Materials

Carrara marble

Subjects depicted

Scroll; Winchilsea, Emily Georgina (Lady)

Categories

Sculpture; Death; Scotland

Collection code

SCP

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