Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, by Elkington & Co, cast by  Domenico Brucciani, after  Unknown artist, circa 1875 (1630s) - NPG 408 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban

by Elkington & Co, cast by Domenico Brucciani, after Unknown artist
electrotype, circa 1875 (1630s)
60 in. (1524 mm) high
Purchased, 1875
Primary Collection
NPG 408

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This electrotype is a copy from the marble tomb effigy in St Michael's Church, St Albans. The seated formula is rare among the iconography of Elizabethan and Jacobean tomb effigies. It depicts Bacon as the musing melancholic philosopher. It is one of a series of electrotype reproductions of tomb effigies made for the National Portrait Gallery by Elkington & Co in the 1870s. An electrotype sculpture of this type is made by electro-deposition of copper onto a mould or cast of an object. The electrotype could then be patinated like bronze.

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