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Nollekens and his Times

Nollekens and his Times
Comprehending a Life of that Celebrated Sculptor, and Memoirs of Several Contemporary Artists
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070201

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  • The sculptor Joseph Nollekens (1737–1823) was famed for his portrait busts of leading figures of his day. While working in Italy in the 1760s, he established contacts among a group of aristocratic British patrons, going on to become London's most fashionable sculptor upon his return to England in 1771. The draughtsman and antiquary John Thomas Smith (1766–1833) had been at one time a pupil of Nollekens. It is believed that this anecdotal two-volume biography, first published in 1828, was written as an act of revenge. Having been promised a considerable legacy in the sculptor's will, Smith was disappointed to receive only an executor's fee. The work contains little analysis concerning the sculptor's art, relating instead much gossip and anecdotes of a personal nature. Nonetheless, it presents a vivid picture of the London art world at that time. Volume 1 focuses on Nollekens' character and habits. Volume 2 includes biographical sketches of notable contemporaries.

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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070201
    • length: 942 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Nollekens's pedigree
    2. Execution of Sixteen-string Jack
    3. Friends of Mrs Nollekens
    4. Nollekens's dinner-parties and visitors
    5. Mr Nollekens's fancies
    6. Interview between Nollekens and Hone
    7. Anecdotes of Seward and James Barry
    8. Nollekens's opinion of colossal sculpture
    9. Nollekens's favourite amusements
    10. Notices of Sir Robert and Lady Strange
    11. The Elgin Marbles brought to England
    12. Mrs Nollekens's new drawing-room
    13. Mr Nollekens's confessor
    14. Nollekens's insensibility to ancient art. Volume 2:
    15. Cause of Mr Nollekens dismissing his confessor
    16. Funeral of Mr Nollekens
    17. Sale of Mr Nollekens's collection
    Biographical sketches and anecdotes of several artists and others, contemporary with Nollekens.

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    John Thomas Smith

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