Lot 99: Wyon (Edward William, 1811-1885)



2015-07-08 11:51:25

Lot 99: Wyon (Edward William, 1811-1885). The Infant Academy & The Calmady Children, after Joshua Reynolds and Thomas Lawrence, together two alabaster plaques of circular form cast in high relief, depicting children at play, each with indistinct inscription around lower edge (one signed 'E.W. Wyon Sculpt'), diameter of each 19cm (7.5ins), mounted together in a silk-lined wooden frame, glazed. Wyon studied at the Royal Academy from 1829 and exhibited there from 1831 to 1876. Among his commissions were works for Wedgwood and numerous portrait busts. He executed reliefs for Drapers' Hall, London (1866), and two caryatids for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1874). 'The Infant Academy' by Reynolds is held by English Heritage at Kenwood House, London, and, as with Lawrence's painting of the Calmady children, was much copied in the 19th century. Emily and Laura Anne were the children of Charles Calmady of Langdon Court in Devonshire. Their portrait was shown at the Royal Academy, and described by Lawrence as "my best picture.. one of the few I should wish hereafter to be known by." (1) Dominic Winter's Fine Art & Antiques Auction July 2015 Thursday, 16th July 2015 Estimate: £150-250
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