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Model for the ‘Dying Spartacus’, c.1820

Plaster

Inscription: J GOTT 1820 scratched into the side of the base
Inscription marks: The inscription is difficult to read because the paint layer is uneven and degraded. It does at first glance appear to be '1806' but on careful examination does read '1820'.

Museum number: M1140

Curatorial note

Gott exhibited this model at the Royal Academy, London, 1820, no. 1025 and subsequently at the British Institution, London, 1821, no. 311.

The scupture has been over-painted at an unknown date since the second world war. It is now a yellow-brown colour whereas the black and white image accompanying this entry, taken on March 3rd 1948 by Messrs Cooper Ltd., shows that it was a light whitish colour at that time.

Literature

Algernon Graves, The British Institution 1806-1867: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their Work from the Foundation of the Institution, facsimile of the 1875 edition (Bath: Kingsmead Reprints, 1969), 222
Algernon Graves, The Royal Academy of Arts: a Complete Dictionary of Contributors and their Work from its Foundation in 1769 to 1904, 8 vols (London: Henry Graves and Co Ltd and George Bell and Sons, 1905-6), Vol.II, p. 280
Terry Friedman and Timothy Stevens, Joseph Gott, 1786-1860, Sculptor, exhibition catalogue (Temple Newsam, Leeds and Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1972, p.14


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