Robert William Sievier (1794-1865) – An Early 19th Century English Antique Faux Marble, Life-Size, Bust of a Gentleman in the Classical Manner
Robert William Sievier (1794-1865) – An Early 19th Century English Antique Faux Marble, Life-Size, Bust of a Gentleman in the Classical Manner.
A life-size plaster bust of a Gentleman in the classical “Grand Tour” manner.
Painted with its original scumble-effect paint-work to resemble marble and presented on an attached pedestal base/socle of circular form.
The bust bears an inscription verso stating that the bust is that of Mr. Charles Butler – the celebrated English writer and lawyer. Also bearing the impressed signature to the reverse for Robert William Sievier (1794-1865), dated 1827.
About the sculptor:
Robert William Sievier was a sculptor and inventor. From 1822 to 1844 he primarily concentrated on sculpture, producing over 50 portrait busts and statues for the Royal Academy. Born in London on 24 July 1794, he won the Society of Arts silver medal for drawing in 1812. He trained as an engraver under John Young and Edward Scriven. From 1818 he trained at the Royal Academy schools. At the same time, he studied anatomy as a foundation for modelling his sculptures.
His monuments are of an unusual design, showing great charm and delicacy in their carving. He exhibited busts of important figures such as Sir Thomas Lawrence and Edward Janner. He also produced works based on mythological and literary subjects.
In 1830 he started to change direction with his career and began to focus upon the manufacturing of materials. He was associated with the manufacture of India-rubber, wireless telegraphy and experiments with iron manufacture in Germany, Belgium, and France. Rupert Gunnis notes that: “It is sad to think that he did not take to sculpture until he was 30 and that he abandoned it before he was 50”.
Condition – Good overall as per the images with no trace of any restoration. Some age-related surface wear and minor paint losses but overall, he displays very well. A further detailed condition report is available upon request.
Size: H: 29” (74cm); W: 22” (57cm); D: 12” (30cm).
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