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Marble Bust Of Edward Willes By John Bacon

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  • £31,975.00
  • €36,372 Euro
  • $39,416 US Dollar

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A fine late Georgian marble portrait bust of 18th century barrister, politician and judge, Edward Willes. Signed by the artist, this superb bust was made by 18th century sculptor, John Bacon. It demonstrates his exceptional artistic skill and perfected sculpting technique for which he was much celebrated.
We believe this bust was sculpted at the height of Edward Willes career, when he became a justice of His Majesty’s Court of King’s Bench (from 1768 until his death in 1787). Willes was a prominent figure of his time and even had his portrait painted by leading 18th century artist, Thomas Gainsborough.
John Bacon (1740-1799) was a well-established British sculptor. As an apprentice at the porcelain works at Lambeth in London, he showcased great moulding skill. This led to his promotion as a modeller, where in 1763 he began working with marble. To this day, Bacon is a celebrated artist. He won many awards including the Royal Academy’s first gold medal for sculpture in 1769. In 1770, he was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy in recognition of his exquisite work.
Bacon is regarded as the founder of the British School of Sculpture. Many of his most prominent works can be found across London, including George III and the River Thames in the courtyard of Somerset House, Monument to Pitt the Elder in the Guildhall as well as various busts of notable 18th century figures such as George III and English writer, Samuel Johnson. In his later life, Bacon directed model making and design at Coade’s Artificial Stone Manufactory.
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Blue pedestal not included.

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Seller Location

Herefordshire, Worcestershire

Item Dimensions

H: 56cm W: 45cm D: 22cm


Mid 18th Century

Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Herefordshire, Worcestershire

Item Location

United Kingdom

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