Wedgwood and His Works; A Selection of His Plaques, Cameos, Medallions, Vases, Etc. from the Design of Flaxman and Others
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...sundry other subjects. It is not generally known that Wedgwood at this early date tried Scriptural subjects; for we find Mrs. Landre charging for "4 Scripture pieces," "Moses and the Serpents," " Joseph," "The Lord's Supper and Companion." To these she added "6 Friars," "A Magdalen," and a "Large Horse," and at a later date "Christ and the Virgin." These pieces are not mentioned in the Catalogues. One of two things is therefore certain, they were either designed and afterwards manufactured for special customers, or, finding little or no sale, were swept away as useless. Wedgwood found classic art his best ally; it appealed neither to narrow predilections nor to particular classes; and since it presented, so far as he could make the materials of his craft subservient to his purpose, the best ideals of truth and beauty, he ministered more widely to the cultivation of taste. Who Mrs. Landre was is now unknown. She seems to have modelled largely for potters; and at times, through the instrumentality of Voyez and others, to have executed unknowingly commissions for Wedgwood. Writing to Bentley, Oct. 3, 1768, he said, " Voyez tells me the Bas-reliefs will not do in wax, they must be in plaister. What shall I do? I dare not write to Mrs. Landre for him in my own name. Voyez says she is the D---l at finding out Pirates, & if she once finds me out I shall never be able to get a cast from her. Pray write to her by first post, & tell her that you choose to have the Casts in fine cream colour plaister, & lay a good deal of stress upon the colour & sharpness." The celebrated Centaur tablet, round and framed, and those of...
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