Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Isaaac Newton - Reliefs by or after Delvaux.

The Reliefs of Isaac Newton
by or Attributed to Laurent Delvaux (1696 - 1778).
The Spalding Gentleman's Society Marble relief of Isaac Newton.
With the Society since 1948.
Marble Relief
Signed L. Delvaux
37.5 x 33.3cms.
This relief is of lesser quality than the terracotta and marbles illustrated below - it is a fairly close copy of the terracotta or marble but to my eye by a much less skilled sculptor.
Believed to have been discovered in a patch of nettles at Gosberton near Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) by L. Delvaux.
34cms diam.
Not Inscribed signed or dated.
Provenance with M. Paul Santenoy
 formerly Museum voor Kunst en Geschiedenis, Brussels.
currently Musee Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Brussels.

© KIK-IRPA, Brussels (Belgium)  

Marble Relief of Isaac Newton.
34cms diam.
Provenance -
Camille Bricourt (Fievet).
Albert de Wilde - Bricourt.
see - Laurent Delvaux by Georges Willame,  pub. G van Oest et Cie. 1914.
Another two examples of this relief have been recorded in the above work.
1. an unsigned plaster with M. Georges Fievet.
2. An 18th century carved wooden relief in the boisserie over a door " Chez M. Willame .... Chapitre Noble de Sainte Gertrude a Nivelles, (Marche au Betail).
Sir Isaac Newton; head, in profile to l, with short curling hair, a flaming comet in background, treated as a medallion surrounded by a serpent biting its tail Red chalk
Isaac Newton in Ouroburos frame.
by William Hoare (1702 - 92).
Red Chalk
30.2 x 26.0 cms
© Trustees of the British Museum
Isaac Newton in Ouroburos frame.
by William Hoare (1702 - 92)
29 x 27.6 cms.
Isaac Newton
after J Roettiers
engraved by SF Ravenet 
Laurent Delvaux
with the bust of Caracalla.
The Original portrait by Whood is lost.
For a brief biography of Laurent Delvaux see - A Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain, 1660-1851 -
"In 1732 Delvaux went to Brussels, taking with him a letter of recommendation from Pope Clement to the Habsburg regent of the Southern Netherlands, the Arch-Duchess Marie-Elisabeth. Shortly afterwards, on 28 January 1733, he was appointed her court sculptor, but in 1733 he also visited London for two months, taking with him a marble bust of Caracalla, ‘A fine and Just imitation… done by him at Rome’ (Vertue III, 66)".

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