48 plaster casts after John Henning of the Parthenon and Phygalian sculptures (each approx. 60 x 230mm.), housed within a wooden box on eight shelves, 3 repaired, 10 heavily dust soiled, box worn
Reduced copies of the famous sculptures from the Parthenon were made by John Henning (1771-1851), who came to London from Scotland in 1811. "Henning was one of the first artists to gain access to Lord Elgin's collection of marble sculptures from Greece, which were displayed in a makeshift museum on the corner of Park Lane and Piccadilly in London. Henning was struck by the beauty of the sculptures from the Parthenon frieze and those from the temple at Bassai... He spent twelve years making careful drawings, and sculpted miniature replicas of the Parthenon sculptures in ivory. But this proved unsatisfactory, so Henning carved versions in slate as sunken impressions, from which raised versions were then cast in white plaster... Henning and his son John Henning Junior (1802-57) later became well known for carving a partial replica of the Parthenon frieze around the Atheneum, the gentleman's club in Waterloo Place, London, in 1828. The previous year they had completed a frieze loosely based on that of the Parthenon for the so-called Screen at Hyde Park Gate." (British Museum online catalogue)
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