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Plaster Statue of Rt Hon George Canning (1770 - 1827) 1830c.

After Sir Francis Chantrey 

Plaster Statue of Rt Hon George Canning (1770 - 1827), After  Sir Francis Chantrey
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Painted Plaster
19th Century
42 inches 106.7 cm high
 
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Chantrey's command of the medium of political sculpture is supreme, and this image of the Prime Minister displays a magnificent awareness of its Roman classical prototypes without betraying its contemporary immediacy and sheer sense of the sitter's presence and character. The present work may relate to preparatory works for an unexecuted statue on the scale of life or was perhaps produced to satisfy the considerable market for icons of Canning in the period following his premature death.
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