LL 1109

About this object

A bust of Homer, the Greek poet, made in Wedgwood's black basalt. Busts like these were made to sit on the top of library shelves or in alcoves. Some were made leaning slightly forward so that they could be seen more easily when viewed from below. They were made in imitation of bronze busts, which were very expensive. This bust has been given a special coating to make it look more like bronze. It is very unusual for such a coating to have survived.
  • Date
    1780 - 1800
  • Maker
  • Materials
    Black Basalt
  • Credit line
    From the Collection of Lord Leverhulme
  • Location
    Lady Lever Art Gallery, Room 04
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Staffordshire: Stoke-on-Trent: Hanley
  • Measurements
    560 mm x 300 mm x 270 mm
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections
Object view = Decorative Arts
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