Francis W. Sargant



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Not on display
Francis W. Sargant 1870–1960
Object: 381 x 368 x 206 mm
Presented by W.L. Sargant, the artist's brother, through the Art Fund 1943

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This head was carved by Francis Sargant in Forte de Marmi in Italy, and is made of Carrara marble. Sargant was a pupil of the German sculptor Adolf von Hildebrand in Munich, and also studied with him in Italy. Hildebrand had a house in Florence and a villa in Forte de Marmi. He was an admirer of Roman and Italian sculpture, which were the point of departure for his own work. Sargant took Italian art as his model. This head of a boy is based on Early Renaissance carved portraits.
Sargant modelled his sculptures in clay, and then had them copied in marble by a professional carver. The small holes in the surface are due to the removal of a metallic impurity from the stone.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N05409 CARLINO c. 1902

Not inscribed.
Marble, 15×14 1/2×8 1/8 (38×36×20·5).
Presented by the artist's brother W.L. Sargant through the National Art-Collections Fund 1943.
Exh: R.A., 1920 (1401).

The sculptor recalled that this bust was executed about 1902, during a summer spent at the seaside resort of Forte dei Marmi, near Viareggio. The sitter, a ten-year-old boy Carlino Migliorini, came from Florence and was of Anglo-Italian parentage, his mother being British, his father Italian. (Information from the artist, I November 1957.)

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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