That Ingenious Modeller: John Henning, Sculptor
J. WallISBN: 1906050589;
The author s chance discovery of two un-attributed, exquisite sets of plaster tablets miniatures to a scale of 1/20 of the Parthenon frieze and a second from the Temple at Phygalia in Durham Castle and the nearby Bishop s Palace initiated this biography of a most remarkable and hitherto unsung artist. Born in Paisley in 1771 in humble circumstances, son of a jobbing carpenter to whom he was apprenticed as a young man. Almost by accident he becomes an amateur sculptor of finely executed cameo portrait medallions of friends and neighbours, in an enamel medium of his own composition. Newly married to Catherine Sunter in 1799, aged 28, he courageously quits the security of a carpenter for the uncertainties of a professional artist, first in Glasgow, then in Edinburgh. He quickly attracts patrons in High Society, notably Sir Walter Scott and General Vyse, C m C Scotland. The quality of his work is attested when Josiah Wedgwood the potter undertakes to produce and promote some ...
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