- Extended catalogue entry
Early Victorian Portraits Catalogue
by Gabriele Ambrosio
24 5/8 in. (625 mm) high
Inscriptionback to top
Incised on tile front of the base: CARLO MAROCHETTI and on one side: G Ambrosio.
This portraitback to top
The donor was asked to present the statuette by the artist, whom she apparently knew in Florence; she approached the Gallery through her cousin, Mrs Hornsby Drake, the adopted daughter of the famous collector, Sir William Drake. The statuette shows Marochetti seated on a flight of three box steps, holding a chisel and some clay in his hands; behind him on the top step is a partly open manuscript showing a man on horseback, with a modelling tool on top of it; below at the back are some more tools and another roll of paper or clay. Leaning against one side of the steps is a bas relief of a historical episode (possibly the attempted arrest of the five members of Parliament by Charles I), presumably by the sitter. Marochetti is dressed in a shirt and tie, trousers and waistcoat, a loose working robe, and indoor shoes.
Provenanceback to top
Signora Muratori, presented by her, 1896.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Ormond, Early Victorian Portraits, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1973, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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