WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM (1770-1850, poet)
Lot 256
WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM (1770-1850, poet)
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 9,400 - 12,000

Lot Details
WORDSWORTH, WILLIAM (1770-1850, poet)
PORTRAIT BY THOMAS WOOLNER R.A. (1825-1892), large circular bronze medallion, head in high relief, profile facing left, signed 'T.Woolner Sc', titled 'W.Wordsworth' and dated 1851, small hole at top for suspension, c. 11 inches (27.5 cm) in diameter, 1851

Footnotes

  • THIS FINE MEDALLION PORTRAIT OF WORDSWORTH IS OF GREAT RARITY; it is not recorded by Frances Blanshard, Portraits of Wordsworth, 1959, and the only other known example is in the possession of the Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere (acquired in about 2000). It is based on the marble portrait by Woolner for the Wordsworth Memorial in Grasmere churchyard. The bronze version, having not been exposed to the elements, has a greater sharpness of image than the marble in Grasmere.

    Thomas Woolner was the only sculptor in the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and he went on to become the leading sculptor of his day. His portrait for the memorial was based on Chantrey's bust, borrowed from Crabb Robinson. Woolner probably had the two known bronze medallions, perhaps for himself, and he clearly took the opportunity to rework (and thereby improve) the image, to the extent that it became independent of its source and stands as a separate portrait.
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