Ex Collection of J.D. & Louisa Trabue
Additional Information: Beautiful Parian Wedgewood Bust of Robert Stephenson
raised on a socle. Stephenson (1803-1859) was a renown mechanical and structural,
railway and Civil engineer and former President of the Newcastle Literary and
Philosophy Society. Stephenson was called “the Greatest Engineer of the 19th century”.
He was born in 1803 in Northumberland, England and died in October of 1859 (a year
after this Wedgewood bust was produced. The bust is marked on the reverse, “R.
STEPHENSON / JOSUIA WEDGEWOOD & SONS / PUBLISHED MARCH 12th, 1858”.
Also impressed “E.W. WYON.
Modeled by Pierre Stephan, the standing figure of radical, rabble-rouser depicted with right hand resting on pedestal with dark pink mantle thrown over left shoulder; scroll inscribed MAGNA CARTA and BILL OF RIGHTS on a column at his right hand, inscribed INo WILKS, a putto with raised arm holding stick with Liberty Cap, also a book inscribed LOCK on GOVT, on a scroll molded base. The figure is very good with typical small losses to gilt shoe and stocking ribbons; other superbly executed repairs. (Dimensions: 12” H.)
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