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Tall rectangular wooden stand, English, unknown maker, probably c.1834

Mahogany

Height: 129cm
Width (top): 38cm
Depth (top): 25.4cm
Width (base): 37.5cm
Depth (base): 24.8cm

Museum number: XF338

Curatorial note

On four square-section, tapering legs; lower platform between the legs; top platform with plain frieze rail and raised rectangular plinth.

This stand was probably made to display the glazed terracotta Dying Patriot (M1106) by Thomas Banks, in its showcase. The sculpture was in Soane’s collection by 1822 when it is shown on the North window sill of the Library in a view by J M Gandy . This view indicates that the stand did not come with the sculpture.1

This is much plainer than other stands which Soane commissioned to display works of art. It is not listed in the Furniture and Fittings inventory but is shown on the north side of the Crypt in a view of the Crypt by C J Richardson of 1836, and in another view of the same area drawn in the same year.2 It must have been specially made to fit the rectangular showcase which came with the sculpture, when it was moved to the Crypt.3

1 Exh. cat.Thomas Banks (1735-1805): Britain’s first modern sculptor, Sir John Soane’s Museum, 2005, p.17 and p.32.
2 SM Vol. 82, 122.
3 The sculpture is shown in its showcase in the centre of the north window sill in Gandy’s 1822 view SM P86, see Figure 30. The stand was presumably made for it when it was moved to the Crypt in c.1834.

Associated objects

M1106, Object that once stood on this item


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