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Panel - Seated male figure
  • Seated male figure
    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875
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Seated male figure

  • Object:

    Panel

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1857 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
    Hoole & Company (producer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast

  • Museum number:

    A.26:1 to 3-1911

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a sketch model for a section of a firedog designed by Stevens for Messrs Henry E. Hoole & Co. Ltd. Firedogs or andirons were placed within the fireplace and would have been used to hold utensials which were required for tending the fire. They stand either side of the fireplace and hold burning logs above the floor in order to allow an updraft of air.
Between 1850 and 1857 Stevens was involved in the design and modelling of grates and fenders for fireplaces for Messrs Hoole and Co. at their Green Lane Works in Sheffield, Yorkshire.

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 male figure, partly draped with a flowing scarf, is seated on a circular moulded pedestal which is supported by four scrolling leaves. He leans on his left hand, with his right outstretched.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1850-1857 (made)

Artist/maker

Alfred Stevens, born 1817 - died 1875 (designer)
Hoole & Company (producer)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast

Dimensions

Height: 41.5 cm including base, Height: 45 cm, Width: 30.48 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.

Historical context note

Study for a section of a firedog. Together with its pendant the figures were used as models for firedogs for a grate and fender designed by Stevens for Messrs Henry E. Hoole & Co, Sheffield.

Descriptive line

Sketch model, panel, for a firedog, plaster cast, seated male figure, from a sketch designed by Alfred Stevens for Messrs Hoole & Co Ltd., English, 1850-1857

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, 2002, pp. 366, 7, cat. no. 551
Sir Alfred Gilbert and The New Sculpture. British Sculpture 1850-1930, London: The Fine Art Society, 2008, p. 94
Art Journal Illustrated International Catalogue, 1862, p. 55
Beattie, Susan, The New Sculpture, New Haven and London: Yale, 1983, p. 2
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. 366-7, cat. no. 551
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.366, cat.no 550
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

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Scarf; Male figure

Categories

Sculpture; Household objects; Architectural fittings

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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