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Francis Legatt Chantrey
1781 - 1841
BRITISH
BUST OF GENTLEMAN, PROBABLY THE BREWER HENRY PERKINS (1778-1855)
white marble, on a white marble socle
62.5cm. 24 5/8 in. overall.
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出版

A. Yarrington, I. D. Lieberman, A. Potts and M. Baker, 'An Edition of the Ledger of Sir Francis Chantrey R. A., at the Royal Academy, 1809-1841,' The Fifty-sixth Volume of the Walpole Society, 1991-1992, p. 127, no. 109b
I. Roscoe, E. Hardy and M. G. Sullivan, A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660-1851, New Haven and London, 2009, p. 248, no. 413

相關資料

This fine bust is the original marble version of a plaster bust by Chantrey, described as 'Mr Perkins, a brewer', in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (Penny, op. cit. no. 746). The present bust is recorded in the Chantrey Ledgers as having been commissioned in 1819 and completed in 1820.

Given the reference in the Ashmolean records to Mr Perkins being 'a brewer', it can be confidently proposed that the sitter is Henry Perkins, a partner in the prosperous brewery Barclay, Perkins and Co. Perkins was also a noted bibliophile, and a fellow of the Linnean, Geological and Horticultural societies. He amassed a small but important library, which included two copies of the Gutenberg Bible (one paper, one vellum), a first edition of the Latin Bible (1462), a Coverdale Bible (1835), the first four Shakespeare folios, several works from the Caxton press, and numerous fine illuminated manuscripts, among them John Lydgate's Siege of Troy (c. 1425). In 1873, following the death of his son Algernon in 1870, Perkins' library was dispersed. The 865 lots in the sale raised the sum of £25,000, the largest amount hitherto realised for a collection of its size.

The present bust display's Chantrey's masterful skill as a carver of portrait busts. The focus on the sitter's mental concentration is typical of the sculptor's work, as is the interest in details such as the wig and the relatively informal dress.

RELATED LITERATURE
A. Potts (ed.), Sir Francis Chantrey. Sculptor of the great, exh. cat. National Portrait Gallery, London and Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, London, 1981; N. Penny, Catalogue of European sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum. Volume III: British, Oxford, 1992, p. 241, no. 746; S. Dunkerley, Francis Chantrey Sculptor. From Norton to Knighthood, Sheffield, 1995

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