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Thomas Banks (1735 - 1805), sculptor

Model for ‘The dying patriot’, plaster.

Museum number: M1106

Curatorial note

There is a closely related terracotta model in the Victoria and Albert Museum recorded as by Banks but recently re-attributed (the new attribution is desribed as 'uncertain but plausible') to the Swedish sculptor Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814), who was also working in Rome in the 1770s (V&A Museum no. A.11-1963). The two sculptors worked in a similar manner.

The V&A terracotta could be one of those executed in Rome (Banks was there from 1772-79), which remained in his studio after his death. His daughter Lavinia Forster wrote, 'All the terracottas were models made by my father in Italy, and are valuable to me' [Bell, 1938, p. 196].

The subject matter of the dying hero was one used by Banks in a number of works.

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