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Woolner, Thomas Sir Charles Nicholson oil painting


Sir Charles Nicholson
Painting ID::  42115
Woolner, Thomas
Sir Charles Nicholson
mk167 1854 Bronze

   
   
     

Woolner, Thomas a direct north general view of sydney cove oil painting


a direct north general view of sydney cove
Painting ID::  56160
Woolner, Thomas
a direct north general view of sydney cove
1794,oil on canvas,36x47.5 in,91x121 cm,dixson galleries,state library of nsw,sydney,australia

   
   
     

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     Woolner, Thomas
     1825 - 1892,English sculptor and poet. He ranks with John Henry Foley as the leading sculptor of mid-Victorian England. He trained with William Behnes and in 1842 enrolled as a student at the Royal Academy, London. In 1844 he exhibited at Westminster Hall, London, a life-size plaster group, the Death of Boadicea (destr.), in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain sculptural commissions for the Houses of Parliament. His earliest important surviving work is the statuette of Puck (plaster, 1845-7; C. G. Woolner priv. col.), which was admired by William Holman Hunt and helped to secure Woolner's admission in 1848 to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The work's Shakespearean theme and lifelike execution, stressing Puck's humorous malice rather than traditional ideal beauty, made it highly appealing. Although eclipsed by Hunt, John Everett Millais and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Woolner was an important figure in the Brotherhood. He contributed poetry to its journal, The Germ (1850), and his work was committed to truthfulness to nature more consistently than that of any other Pre-Raphaelite, except for Hunt. This is evident in Woolner's monument to William Wordsworth (marble, 1851; St Oswald, Grasmere, Cumbria).

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