Thomas Mansel Talbot at the V&A, London, UKmyminifactory.com
Thomas Mansel Talbot (1747-1813), shown here with a bare chest and long hair, was a wealthy Welsh landowner. he went on the Grand Tour from 1770 to 1775 and commissioned this bust at a cost of £68 from the Irish sculptor Christopher Hewetson, at the same time as the one of Pope Clement XIV displayed nearby.
Tiberius in Warandepark, Brusselsmyminifactory.com
Laurent Delvaux (1696, Ghent – 24 February 1778, Nivelles) was a Flemish sculptor. After a successful international career that brought him to London and Rome, he returned to the Austrian Netherlands where he was a sculptor to the court. Delvaux was a transitional figure between the Baroque and Neo-classicism.
The Mummy of Titos Flavios Demetrios in Ipswich Museum, UKmyminifactory.com
Titos Flavios Demetrios lived and died in Egypt about 2000 years ago in a time when the Roman Empire ruled the Nile Valley. He was a wealthy man born about 400 years after his Greek ancestors settled in Egypt after Alexander the Great conquered it in 305 BC. His three names tell us he was also a Roman citizen. We do not know why he was given citizenship as it is unlikely he ever visited Rome but it certainly made him one of the most important men living in his town of Hawara in the middle of Egypt.
The First Duke of Wellington at The Tate Britain, Londonmyminifactory.com
This imposing, life-size white marble bust represents the famous soldier and statesman Arthur, Duke of Wellington (1769–1852) dressed in the manner of an ancient Roman general. The artist Edward Hodges Baily carved the portrait for the wealthy collector Robert Vernon (1774/5–1849) as part of a series of notable historical figures, known as ‘worthies’, which included the politician George Canning, the writers Samuel Johnson (National Portrait Gallery, London) and John Milton (untraced), and the scientist Sir Isaac Newton (National Portrait Gallery, London). These were presumably first displayed at Vernon’s mansion at 50 Pall Mall, London, although only the bust of Milton was noted by the journal Art Union when they reviewed Vernon’s collection in 1839
Sir Robert Smirke at The British Museum, Londonmyminifactory.com
This is a marble bust completed in 1845 by sculptor Thomas Campbell; it depicts Sir Robert Smirke. Smirke (1 October 1780 – 18 April 1867) was an English architect, one of the leaders of Greek Revival architecture, though he also used other architectural styles. As architect to the Board of Works he designed several major public buildings including the main block and facade of the British Museum, He was a pioneer of the use of concrete foundations.
Siegfried Marcus Statue in Resselpark, Viennamyminifactory.com
Located in Vienna's Resselpark, this bust of Siegfried Marcus is set atop a marble pedestal about 6 feet high. The slightly larger than life-sized piece depicts Marcus as a middle-aged man wearing a suit and tie. He looks to the distant right. Siegfried Samuel Marcus (18 September 1831 – 1 July 1898) was a German-Austrian inventor and automobile pioneer.
Robert Stephenson bust at the National Portrait Gallery, Londonmyminifactory.com
This marble bust depicts Robert Stephenson was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the greatest engineer of the 19th century. The sculpture was incised and dated 0897 by Barles H. Mabey, after Edward William Wyon.
Queen Victoria at The National Portrait Gallery, Londonmyminifactory.com
Ptolemy I at The British Museum, Londonmyminifactory.com
President Gaston Monnerville at the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris (without base)myminifactory.com
Gaston Monnerville (2 January 1897 – 7 November 1991) was a French politician and lawyer. The grandson of a slave, he grew up in French Guiana and went to Toulouse to complete his studies. A brilliant student, he became a lawyer in 1918 and worked with César Campinchi, a lawyer who later became an influential politician. He joined the Radical Party and was elected Deputy from French Guiana in 1932. He was Undersecretary of State for the Colonies in the Chautemps government of 1937-1938.
Oliver Cromwell at the V&A, London, UKmyminifactory.com
Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) was often represented in 18th-century British sculpture because of his central role in British history. This bust is probably based on a plaster cast of his face, made for his funeral effigy. It also shows Wilton's interest in and understanding of ancient Roman sculpture, which he had studied in Italy. Joseph Wilton was born in London, but trained in the Netherlands, France and Italy from 1744 to 1755. He was appointed Statuary to His Majesty George III in 1761, and in 1768 became a founder member of the Royal Academy. However in the same year he inherited a large legacy from his father and neglected sculpture thereafter; he went bankrupt in 1793.
Norma Bates bustmyminifactory.com
Norma Louise Bates (née Spool) is a fictional character in the novel Psycho by Robert Bloch and the Universal Studios Psycho franchise starring Anthony Perkins, Psycho, Psycho II, Psycho III, Psycho IV: The Beginning and the TV spin-off Bates Motel.She is not strictly a character in the novel by Bloch, and her presence is indicated only as a voice and a corpse in the Psycho films. She is not depicted as a character until the fourth film installment (Psycho IV) where she serves as the primary antagonist.
Mummy of Syros in Ipswich Museum, UKmyminifactory.com
Gilded mummy-masks such as this appear to have been made for persons of high status in the early part of the Roman Period (from about 30 BC). Though Roman artistic traits began to influence native styles in the succeeding fifty years, the masks are still very clearly Egyptian in design.
Marie Bashkirtseff at The Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Parismyminifactory.com
Marie Bashkirtseff was a Ukrainian diarist, painter and sculptor. From around the age of 13, Bashkirtseff kept a journal, and it is for this that she is probably most famous today. It has been called "a strikingly modern psychological self-portrait of a young, gifted mind," and her urgent prose, which occasionally breaks out into dialogue, remains extremely readable. She was multilingual and despite her self-involvement was a keen observer with an acute ear for hypocrisy, so that her journal also offers a near-novelistic account of the late 19th century European bourgeoisie. A consistent theme throughout is her deep desire to achieve fame, inflected by her increasing fear that her intermittent illnesses might turn out to be tuberculosis. In a prefatory section written towards the end of her life in which she recounts her family history, she writes, "If I do not die young I hope to live as great artist; but if I die young, I intend to have my journal, which cannot fail to be interesting, published. Similarly: "When I am dead, my life, which appears to me a remarkable one, will be read. (The only thing wanting is that it should have been different)." In effect, the first half of Bashkirtseff's journal is a coming-of-age story while the second is an account of heroic suffering.
Marianne at The Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Parismyminifactory.com
Pierre-Marie Poisson was born in Niort on 19 November 1876 and died in Paris on 11 January 1953. He was a French sculptor and medallist. In 1933 Poisson a bust of "Marianne", the symbol of the French Republic and this was made available for sale by the Musée du Louvre. A version can for example be seen in Arpajon in Essonne.
Marble bust of an unknown man in Christchurch Mansion, Ipswichmyminifactory.com
Marcus Aurelius at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New Yorkmyminifactory.com
This is a marble portrait bust of Marcus Aurelius; it originates from Rome, sculpted in the Antonine period, ca. A.D. 161-169 and was purchased by the Musée du Louvre in 1807; it is currently on loan by the Department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities from the Musée du Louvre though a cast is still on display at the museum in Paris, France.
Lord John Russell at The National Portrait Gallerymyminifactory.com
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, KG, GCMG, PC (18 August 1792 – 28 May 1878), known as Lord John Russell before 1861, was a leading Whig and Liberal politician who served as Prime Minister on two occasions during the mid-19th century. Scion of one of the most powerful aristocratic families, his great achievements, says A. J. P. Taylor, were based on his indefatigable battles in Parliament over the years on behalf of the expansion of liberty; after each loss he tried again and again, until finally his efforts were largely successful. Woodward, however, argued that he was too much the abstract theorist, so that "He was more concerned with the removal of obstacles to civil liberty than with the creation of a more reasonable and civilized society. Nevertheless Russell led his Whig Party into support for reform; he was the principal architect of the great Reform Act of 1832. As Prime Minister his luck ran out. He took much of the blame for the government's failures in dealing with the Irish famine. Taylor concludes that as prime minister, he was not a success. Indeed, his Government of 1846 to 1852 was the ruin of the Whig party: it never composed a Government again, and his Government of 1865 to 1866, which might be described as the first Liberal Government, was very nearly the ruin of the Liberal party also.
Lord Francis Jeffrey, National Portrait Gallery, London, UKmyminifactory.com
The Scottish judge Francis Jeffrey founded the Whig periodical the Edinburgh Review in 1802. As its editor and leading contributor between 1803 and 1829, Jeffrey was one of the most influential commentators on matters of art, politics and science. Known as a ruthless critic, he was hostile to Wordsworth and his circle whom he named, sarcastically, the 'Lake School'. He was slow to appreciate the work of Scott, Keats and Byron and one of his early attacks provoked Byron's satiric poem English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809). A marble bust of Lord Francis Jeffrey was purchased in1861 and is exhibited at the National Portrait Museum in London.
Laurence Sterne at The National Portrait Gallery, Londonmyminifactory.com
Laurence Sterne (1713-68) was a writer and curator of the Coxwolds, Yorkshire and author of the humorous 'Tristram Shandy' (1759) and 'A Sentimental Journey (1768). His work, filled with obscene language and ridicule of public figures, earned him both celebrity and scorn in literary circles. This marble bust was sculpted by Joseph Nollekens, dated 1766.
Le Cabotin at The Petit Palais, Parismyminifactory.com
This is a fictional portrait of an actor in decline, the bust is part of a series of works of 'épaves (wrecks)' and 'désolés (apologies)' as said by its critics. It is paradoxically dedicated to the actor Coquelin Cadet, a friend of the sculptor Carriès. The fine quality of the bronze and the beauty of the patine are evidence of an exemplary association between Carriès and the founder Pierre bingen, a promoter of handmade lost wax crafting.
Lady Catherine Stepney at The V&A, Londonmyminifactory.com
This marble sculpture was carved by Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-83) around 1836. Lady Catherine Stepney (1778-1845) was a novelist and London society hostess. Here she is depicted as Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, with the asp that Cleopatra used to commit suicide coiling around her right arm. The bust was bequeathed to the Museum by one of her descendants, Miss Dorothy Manners.
John Raphael Smith at the V&A, Londonmyminifactory.com
John Raphael Smith (1751-1812) helped Chantrey establish his career in London. A famous printmaker and print publisher, he went deaf in old age. Chantrey said that the expression of deafness was conveyed mainly by the mouth: 'If you observe a deaf man's mouth, you will always find the lips unclosed when he is attending to you'.
John Rennie at The National Portrait Gallery, Londonmyminifactory.com
John Rennie (1761-1821) was one of Britain's leading civil engineers, building canals, railways, bridges and improving docks and harbours. This powerful bust was commissioned soon after the official opening of Waterloo Bridge (1817). It was executed in less than five months and exhibited at the Royal Academy to great acclaim in 1818. Alan Cunningham, Chantrey's secretary, praised it as a 'head of extensive capacity and though'. It was sculpted out of marble, signed and dated in 1818 by Sir Francis Leggatt Chantrey (1781-1841).
Jeanne Catherine Offhuys in Brussels, Belgiummyminifactory.com
This is a plaster bust depicting Jeanne Catherine Offhuys, the wife of the sculptor of the piece, Gilles-Lambert Godecharle. The erotic revealing of the breasts and juxtaposition of the pure and innocent face of Jeanne can clearly show the intimate relationship between sitter and sculptor.
John Churchill at The National Portrait Gallery, Londonmyminifactory.com
John Churchill (1650-1722) was the 1st Duke of Marlborough. A soldier and diplomat, Marlborough rose from page to confidential agent of James, the Duke of York, and pursued a distinguised military career; he was made the Baron in 1682. He was chiefly responsible for crushing the Monmouth rebellion (lead by the Duke of Monmouth) in 1685 before leaving the opposing side lead by James II in 1688. He was rewarded with an earldom by William III.
Jeanne d'Arc at The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinoismyminifactory.com
This is a bust of Jeanne d'Arc (1875 - 1900), originally from France the gilt bronze sculpture is attributed to sculptor Antonin Mercié (1845-1916) but no date of its completion are given. It stands at 22 x 21 x 11 inches and is currently not on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in the USA.
Jacques-Louis David at The Louvre, Parismyminifactory.com
Jacques-Louis David (30 August 1748 – 29 December 1825) was an influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, heightened feeling harmonizing with the moral climate of the final years of the Ancien Régime.