Unrecorded Artist (20th century)

The Head of Amenhotep III Probably Paris, 1930s Gabbro (rock), with traces of paint 60 x 46.5 cm When acquired, this head was thought to have formed part of a full-length statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep the Third who ruled Egypt for forty years at the end of the 14th century BC. He wears the … Read more

Jules Dalou (1838 – 1902)

A Hunter and his Dog Model: Paris, about 1898; Cast: Paris, early 1900s Bronze 63.9 x 35.5 x 28 cm This is one of ten casts after a model for a three metre high sculptural group intended for the stairwell of the duc de Gramont’s country house. The figure’s pose is based on a famous … Read more

Giovanni Bologna (Giambologna) (1529 – 1608)

Allegorical Figure of Astronomy (Venus Urania) Model: Florence, about 1573; Cast: probably French or Italian early/mid-17th century Bronze, with marble base 35 x 11 x 10 cm Plinth: 9.5 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm The prime, gilt, cast of Giambologna’s much-copied ‘Astronomy’ (Vienna) was made in about 1573, and is of superlative quality. This is … Read more

ANTONIO SUSINI (model) (active 1572 – 1624), and possibly GIANFRANCESCO SUSINI (cast) (c.1575 – 1653)

A Bull Model: Florence, early 1580s; Cast: Florence, early 17th century Bronze 23 x 27.2 x 8.5 cm Bulls were revered since antiquity for their strength and fertilising power. After horses, they were the most popular animal subject during the 17th century. Antonio Susini is thought to have modelled this bull after an earlier version … Read more

Giovanni Bologna (Giambologna) (1529 – 1608)

Hercules Wielding his Club Model: Florence, Italy, early 1580s; Cast: probably France or Italy, mid-17th century (unknown foundry) Bronze 41.3 cm Giambologna trained in the Southern Netherlands before moving to Florence to work for the Medici, where he became the leading sculptor in Italy. He made many models for small bronze sculptures, including a series … Read more

Antonie-Louis Barye (1796 – 1875)

Theseus Combating the Centaur Biénor Model: Paris, about 1846-48; Cast: probably Paris, late 19th century Bronze 34.3 x 37.7 x 9 cm Plinth: 4 x 39.3 x 14 cm The mythical hero Theseus clubs to death Biénor, one of the centaurs who had tried to carry off the brides at the wedding of the King … Read more

Antonie-Louis Barye (1796 – 1875)

Indian Panther Model: Paris, 1840; Cast: probably Paris, late 19th century Bronze 7.3 x 18.5 x 6 cm Barye was the foremost of a group of 19th-century French sculptors who specialised in small bronzes of animal subjects. They exploited newly developed techniques of mass reproduction to generate numerous casts of their models for a growing … Read more

Antonie-Louis Barye (1796 – 1875)

Tiger Walking (Tigre Qui Marche) Model: Paris, 1836; Cast: probably Paris, late 19th century Bronze 21.3 x 42.3 x 7.4 cm Plinth: 6.5 x 43 cm Barye was the foremost of a group of 19th-century French sculptors who specialised in small bronzes of animal subjects. They exploited newly developed techniques of mass reproduction to generate … Read more

Marguerite Gérard (1761 – 1837)

The Reader In the privacy of her tastefully uncluttered home, a young woman intently reads a book. Her delicately ringleted head cranes towards the pages, slightly disturbing her otherwise impeccably upright figure, which sports a fashionable late-18th-century empire waistline. A cat is settled on her lap, while her son stands listlessly at her side. This … Read more

John Nost II (d.1729)

King George I on Horseback London, 1717 Bronze 290 x 278.5 cm The City of Dublin commissioned this impressive sculpture from the Nost family workshop in 1717  for £1500 and completed by 1722, with the horse cast from moulds taken from Le Sueur’s Charles I at Charing Cross. At risk of destruction during the early … Read more

Orazio Farinati (1559 – after 1616)

The Madonna and Child with St John the Baptist Verona, about 1583 Etching Paper: 248 x 223 mm; mount: 557 x 403 mm This popular devotional grouping of the Madonna and the infant Jesus and St John the Baptist is intended to depict the cousins’ reunion in Egypt, after John was carried to join Jesus … Read more

Conrad Martin Metz (1749-1827)

The Death of the Children of Niobe Rome, 1820 Pen and brown ink and wash, heightened with white 454 x 684 mm Metz lived in Rome from 1801 until his death in 1827. This highly-worked presentation drawing treats the slaughter of Niobe’s seven sons and seven daughters by Apollo and Diana, a subject from Ovid … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

Interior of an Inn France, 1861 Etching Plate: 120 x 150 mm; paper: 270 x 223 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm This interior shows the corridor of an inn lined with pairs of shoes and a broom, dramatically lit by a lamp. Daubigny also depicted this scene in daylight. The observation of a scene … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Children in the Cart Auvers-sur-Oise, 1861 Etching Plate: 130 x 180 mm; paper: 280 x 250 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Daubigny watches from his boat as a woman, possibly his wife, assists a group of children pulling a cart. Madame Daubigny holds her youngest son’s hand while he rides sleepily in the cart. … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Beach at Villerville France, 1850 Etching Plate: 125 x 215 mm; paper: 195 x 165; mount: 405 x 555 mm This peaceful scene presents groups of workers – men fishing in a small boat to the right while women collect shells from rock pools – whose survival was dependent on the sea. In the … Read more

Charles-François Daubigny (1817-1878)

The Satyr Île-de-France, Paris, 1850 Etching 260 x 200 mm A satyr appears in a landscape that may have been inspired by the forest at Fontainebleu. As an artist renowned for a commitment to the faithful reproduction of nature, the presence of the satyr is uncharacteristic. Early in his career, Daubigny restored paintings at the … Read more

Pietro Berretini da Cortona (1596-1669)

A Wooded River Landscape Rome, about 1650 Black chalk, brush and grey ink, grey wash 283 x 425 mm Cortona was, along with Bernini, a presiding genius of the Roman Baroque. Excelling as a painter, architect and decorator, he also executed a number of landscape drawings, often as pure diversions. One of the finest examples, … Read more

John Crome (1768-1821)

Mousehold Heath Norfolk, 1810 Etching Plate: 230 x 305 mm; paper: 350 x 465 mm; mount: 405 x 555 mm Mousehold Heath is to the north east of Norwich. The barren landscape was a popular subject for local artists in the first half of the 19th century. In this view of the heath Crome filters … Read more