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That Most Ingenious Modeller: John Henning, Sculptor

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The author s chance discovery of two un-attributed, exquisite sets of plaster tablets miniatures to a scale of 1/20 of the Parthenon frieze and a second from the Temple at Phygalia in Durham Castle and the nearby Bishop s Palace initiated this biography of a most remarkable and hitherto unsung artist. Born in Paisley in 1771 in humble circumstances, son of a jobbing carpenter to whom he was apprenticed as a young man. Almost by accident he becomes an amateur sculptor of finely executed cameo portrait medallions of friends and neighbours, in an enamel medium of his own composition. He quickly attracts patrons in High Society, notably Sir Walter Scott and General Vyse, C m C Scotland. The quality of his work is attested when Josiah Wedgwood the potter undertakes to produce and promote some outstanding pieces. In 1811, on the advice of friends, principally the candid author Mrs Anne Grant, J.H. moves to London and almost immediately falls under the spell of the Elgin Marbles newly installed in Burlington House, the home of their eponymous owner. J.H. becomes a favourite of the great and the good , among them the teenage Princess Charlotte. She commissions a portrait medallion that sparks LH.s ambition to employ his drawings to produce miniature copies of the Parthenon and Phygalian friezes from innovative slate moulds. These now constitute his chief claim to fame. The high point of J.H. 5 vocation is the purchase of a set of the Parthenon miniatures (now lost!) by King William IV. Only 5 others known to have survived, including two that came to light as a direct outcome of the research for this volume. J.H becomes a leader of the campaign for a law of copyright, having suffered financially and professionally from the unchecked piracy of his work by unscrupulous copyists. J.H. s character, as revealed in his voluminous correspondence, is explored in depth. A favourite with the ladies and children on account of his engaging personality, his handsome appearance, and his native Scottish brogue. A welcome guest at house parties hosted by Edinburgh Society, he features among the first subjects of the pioneer Scottish photographers Hill and Adamson. Fully illustrated with photographs of a selection of J.H.s work.

Excellent condition, with inscription to the fly-leaf by the author .

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Author(s):
Wall, J
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First 2008
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1906050589
ISBN-13:
9781906050580
Number of pages:
237
Publisher:
Melrose Books

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The author s chance discovery of two un-attributed, exquisite sets of plaster tablets miniatures to a scale of 1/20 of the Parthenon frieze and a second from the Temple at Phygalia in Durham Castle and the nearby Bishop s Palace initiated this biography of a most remarkable and hitherto unsung artist. Born in Paisley in 1771 in humble circumstances, son of a jobbing carpenter to whom he was apprenticed as a young man. Almost by accident he becomes an amateur sculptor of finely executed cameo portrait medallions of friends and neighbours, in an enamel medium of his own composition. He quickly attracts patrons in High Society, notably Sir Walter Scott and General Vyse, C m C Scotland. The quality of his work is attested when Josiah Wedgwood the potter undertakes to produce and promote some outstanding pieces. In 1811, on the advice of friends, principally the candid author Mrs Anne Grant, J.H. moves to London and almost immediately falls under the spell of the Elgin Marbles newly installed in Burlington House, the home of their eponymous owner. J.H. becomes a favourite of the great and the good , among them the teenage Princess Charlotte. She commissions a portrait medallion that sparks LH.s ambition to employ his drawings to produce miniature copies of the Parthenon and Phygalian friezes from innovative slate moulds. These now constitute his chief claim to fame. The high point of J.H. 5 vocation is the purchase of a set of the Parthenon miniatures (now lost!) by King William IV. Only 5 others known to have survived, including two that came to light as a direct outcome of the research for this volume. J.H becomes a leader of the campaign for a law of copyright, having suffered financially and professionally from the unchecked piracy of his work by unscrupulous copyists. J.H. s character, as revealed in his voluminous correspondence, is explored in depth. A favourite with the ladies and children on account of his engaging personality, his handsome appearance, and his native Scottish brogue. A welcome guest at house parties hosted by Edinburgh Society, he features among the first subjects of the pioneer Scottish photographers Hill and Adamson. Fully illustrated with photographs of a selection of J.H.s work.

Excellent condition, with inscription to the fly-leaf by the author .

Author(s):
Wall, J
Condition:
Fine
Edition:
First 2008
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
1906050589
ISBN-13:
9781906050580
Number of pages:
237
Publisher:
Melrose Books

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