Category: Part 3 and 4

Visit an Oriental collection

I visited the Japanese Gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This displayed a very wide range of Japanese artefacts such as prints books tea drinking kimonos and traditional dress theatre masks folding screens samurai swords and armour porcelain It was interesting seeing such a varied collection as it gives more of a sense of …

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Statue of The Hon. Mrs Anne Seymour Damer by Giuseppe Cerrachi

Marble, 181cm high, London, c1777, British Museum © Trustees of the British Museum. (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) This statue is described by the British Museum website as “Marble statue of the Hon Mrs Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828) as the Muse of Sculpture by Giuseppe Ceracchi (1751-1801)”. Mrs Damer was herself a sculptor, so, intriguingly, this is …

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Sarah Malcolm in Prison 1733 by William Hogarth

There is a painting in the new acquisitions display at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery that depicts a version of Hogarth’s original of Sarah Malcolm in Newgate Prison. It does not have an attribution to any artist and I cannot find any web images of it, the museum also prohibits photography in that particular …

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Carved Altarpiece

I wanted to include a wood carving in this particular set of exercises and I saw this piece on display at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. It is an Altarpiece and the carving of the wood is quite intricate. It is sometimes difficult to see the full details of a piece when it is …

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Meleager The Hunter by John Gibson

This is one of the larger marble sculptures in Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. I found myself admiring the fine carving and the anatomical accuracy of the statue. But somehow I felt that there was a lack of energy to the piece, given that it was depicting a scene from a hunt, the overall …

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Bust of Lord Nelson by Peter Turnerelli

For this exercise I wanted to include an example of a traditional carved portrait bust. What I did not know, until undertaking this exercise, is how revolutionary it would have been at the start of the 19th century to portray a subject in contemporary, rather than classical, dress. Bust of Lord Nelson by Peter Turnerelli

The Babes in the Wood by John Bell

I was interested to research the work of John Bell. He was originally born in great Yarmouth in Norfolk and achieve some success as a sculptor, According to Wikipedia, his best-known work is the Crimean war monument to the Brigade of Guards at the junction of Pall Mall and Waterloo Place, London. This sculpture, the …

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Queen of the Night

This exercise brought home to me the huge difference there can be between the object we see displayed in museums and how they may have looked when originally created. In this instance the difference between the museum display and the re-creation of the original, pigmented version is considerable. It is very easy to think that …

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Flight Take Off 2010 – Geoffrey Mann

This was the first time I had seen a solid glass sculpture on this scale. In researching this piece I found out a lot about how it was made and how glass can be fired. I initially wondered why the work had two very flat ends of polished glass, and then I noticed the shape …

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Jar and Cover by Richard Slee

I had not come across Richard Slee’s work before, so it was interesting to study this piece in more detail. It attracted my attention in the museum display case – probably due to its size, shape and colour. But I can’t say that I find it an attractive work, for me it is to “bitty” …

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