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Statuette of a Nymph at the bath

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lucas, Richard Cockle (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wax

  • Museum number:

    177-1865

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    This is a wax model statuette made by Richard Cockle Lucas in England in the 19th century. The statuette represents a Nymph at the bath, with the bath being is the shape of a shell.

    Richard Cockle Lucas (1800-1883) is mainly known as a sculptor in wax and ivory, but he also worked in glass, marble and bronze, as well as being a painter. Lucas began his career as a sculptor as an apprentice to his uncle, who worked as a cutler in Winchester, carving knife handles. He joined the Royal Academy Schools in 1828 and studied under Richard Westmacott. Lucas made two models of the Parthenon, in its original state and after the explosion of 1687, which were acquired by the British Museum. He is best known for his small scale works including wax sculptures and ivory carvings. Lucas was at the centre of a controversy about the bust of Flora in the Kaiser Friedrich Museum in Berlin. The bust was thought to be an authentic work by Leonardo da Vinci but the sculptor's son Albert Dürer Lucas claimed in the Burlington Magazine that the bust was modelled by his father. It is now generally thought that the bust is probably by Leonardo or his circle but was repaired by Lucas. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1829 and 1859 and showed ivory carvings and imitation bronzes at the Great Exhibition in 1851.

  • Physical description

    Statuette of a Nymph at the bath. The backdrop of the bath is in the form of a shell. The nymph sits naked in the shell. The bath is supproted by two dragon heads.

  • Dimensions

    Height: 27 cm, Diameter: 14 cm Diameter of base

  • Object history note

    Given by Richard Cockle Lucas in 1865.

  • Descriptive line

    Statuette, wax model, of a Nymph at the bath, by Richard Cockle Lucas, English, 19th century

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Inventory of Art Objects acquired in the Year 1865. Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol. 1. London : Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 45

  • Collection code

    Sculpture Collection