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(Pietro) Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti, Baron Marochetti

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(Pietro) Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti, Baron Marochetti, by Gabriele Ambrosio, 1888 - NPG 1038 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

(Pietro) Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti, Baron Marochetti

by Gabriele Ambrosio
bronze statuette, 1888
24 5/8 in. (625 mm) high
Given by Signora Muratori, 1896
Primary Collection
NPG 1038


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The sculptor Carlo Marochetti was born in Turin and studied art in Paris and Rome. A baron of Italy, he was patronised by Carlo Alberto, Louis Philippe and, after 1848, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. A regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy and a prominent figure in the London art world, Marochetti was brought in to assist the painter Sir Edwin Landseer achieve the third dimension in sculpting the lions for Trafalgar Square, much to Landseer's indignation. This posthumous bronze shows Marochetti posed in contemplation of his work, with clay tools, plans showing an equestrian statue, steps, calipers and a mallet.

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