Francis Chantrey

John Hookham Frere

model 1817, carved 1818
Chantrey approached his task methodically, beginning with precise drawings of his subjects in full face and profile; his assistants later worked these up into roughly modelled clay busts. The artist revised these in sessions with the sitters, encouraging his subjects to walk and talk so that he could better capture their character. These busts served as models for the marble. Chantrey was a sensitive sculptor, and Frere’s sagging flesh is remarkably softly carved. John Hoppner’s very different likeness of Frere (1769-1846) is shown nearby.
Title
John Hookham Frere
Date
model 1817, carved 1818
Medium
Sculpture
Materials
marble
Dimensions
76.5 x 52.3 x 25 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1975
Accession number
18480