Bonhams : After John Henning (English, 1771-1851): A set of eighteen 19th century relief cast plaster figural plaques after the Parthenon frieze (6)
After John Henning (English, 1771-1851): A set of eighteen 19th century relief cast plaster figural plaques after the Parthenon frieze (6)

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Lot 948
After John Henning (English, 1771-1851): A set of eighteen 19th century relief cast plaster figural plaques after the Parthenon frieze

£ 600 - 800
US$ 770 - 1,000
After John Henning (English, 1771-1851): A set of eighteen 19th century relief cast plaster figural plaques after the Parthenon frieze
mounted on later blue satin within six ebonised rectangular glazed frames,
each frame, 22cm x 27cm (6)

Footnotes

  • During the 18th and 19th centuries the interest in classical sculpture was at its height and many original examples and copies adorned country houses and art academies all over Britain. The famous Parthenon frieze formed part of Lord Elgin's collection of Greek sculpture that was first displayed in England at Elgin's London home on the corner of Park Lane and Piccadilly from 1808 to invited guests.

    John Henning, a Scottish born artist, was one of the first to access the collection and like most who saw it was struck by the beauty of the pieces. He embarked on a project of making models of the Parthenon and Phigaleian friezes, restoring the missing elements, an undertaking which he felt was not only useful for his own artistic gain, but also for pecuniary reasons. His initial studies in ivory were unsuccessful and so he intaglio carved slate which he used as moulds for plaster casting, producing small tablet sections which were sold in boxes. Working for Josiah Wedgwood at the time, Henning took twelve years to complete the reliefs.
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After John Henning (English, 1771-1851): A set of eighteen 19th century relief cast plaster figural plaques after the Parthenon frieze (6)
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