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Charles Rossi (1762 - 1839), sculptor

Model for a group depicting a man defending a woman from a lion

Grey clay, clearly two pieces (central join visible), mounted on a slate base

Museum number: MRR12

Curatorial note

This must be the model exhibited by the sculptor at the RA in 1819 under the title “An escape; as a sketch for a groupe”. It is included in the catalogue of an auction sale of Rossi’s sculpture held by George Robins on March 3 & 4, 1835 (Soane: Sale Catalogues 23.13), the animals there being described as “a Tiger and a Boa”. Soane, no doubt, acquired the model at this sale. This lively clay sketch-model was acquired at around the time of the completion of Soane's Model Room and was displayed there, in the Model Room Recess, beneath models by Flaxman.

Literature

Sir John Soane, Description of the House and Museum of Sir John Soane, 1835, p.86


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