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Chantrey, Sir Francis (1781--1841), sculptor

Bust of Sir John Soane, marble

Inscription: JOHN SOANE ESQ R.A. / PRESENTED AS A TOKEN OF RESPECT BY / FRANCIS CHANTREY SCULPTOR / 1830 [on verso]

Museum number: M931

Curatorial note

Sir John Soane presides over the Dome Area, the scene he created, in the form of this marble bust by his friend the sculptor Sir Francis Chantrey (1782-1841).

He began sitting for it in 1827, when Chantry asked him to come for a sitting and “to bring your head with you”. It was finished in 1829 and Chantrey maintained, in a letter to Soane that, “as a work of art I have never produced a better”, adding that he was not sure whether it was more like John Soane or Julius Caesar!

The preparatory pencil sketches made by Chantrey are in the National Portrait Gallery and the plaster model in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Literature

Sir John Soane, Description, 1835, p.43

Associated objects

SC32, same artist
X226, creator's portrait
P242, associated project
P142, same subject
p11, same subject


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk