A WEDGWOOD BLACK BASALT BUST OF THE POET EDMUND SPENSER LATE 18TH CENTURY
modeled wearing a doublet and lace collar with a cloak draped over his shoulder, raised upon a separate socle base, the reverse of the shoulder impressed with uppercase WEDGWOOD mark, the lower body SPENSER, the underside of socle WEDGWOOD over numeral 2.
Height 15⅛ in.
Several extremely minor small flat chips to the bottom edge of the socle. Otherwise, generally good condition.
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In 1769 the sculptor P. Theodore Park sent a bill to Wedgwood for modeling several statues including Spenser. A second example which had been in the collection of Frederick Rathbone is illustrated in Captain M. H. Grant, The Makers of Black Basalts, London, 1967, pl. XLIV, no. 1.