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The sensational recent discovery of this important dated and inscribed bust of Napoleon finally dispels doubts about its existence under the hand of Gott. By the time Gott carved this bust of Napoleon he was living and working in Rome where the painter Thomas Lawrence had provided him with a pension and also a letter of introduction to the finest sculptor of his time, Antonio Canova.
In October 1827, Gott had returned to England to receive further commissions from his most important patron, the industrialist and art collector Benjamin Gott, one time Mayor of Leeds and friend of the engineer James Watt (1736-1819), whose engines powered the vast complex of spinning mills at Bean Ing, Wellington Road, Leeds, which fuelled Benjamin’s vast family wealth.
Benjamin’s artistic patronage began with the remodelling of Armley House, Leeds, which involved Robert Smirke (1781-1867) who was shortly to be appointed architect for the New British Museum, and the landscape work was undertaken by Humphrey Repton (1752-1818). Benjamin had, in the traditional way, collected old master paintings and had already commissioned busts of his friend James Watt and the engineer John Rennie (1761-1821) both by Sir Francis Chantrey (1781-1842). He went on to commission a total of 24 busts from his cousin Joseph, many of which are now in the collection of Leeds Museums.
Contemporary accounts confirm the high regard in which Gott was held. In 1828, J.M.W. Turner wrote to Sir Francis Chantrey remarking: ‘Sculpture of course, first, for it carries away all the patronage, so it is said in Rome….Gott’s studio is full.’ And in 1826, his fellow academician Thomas Unwins wrote: ‘Gott and Gibson, the English sculptors are getting for themselves and for their country a high reputation.’
Aspects of Nineteenth Century Sculpture in Leeds, Part 2; Patronage Of The Benjamin Gott Family, Leeds Art Calendar No.70 (1972) Aspects of Nineteenth Century Sculpture in Leeds, Part 2; Patronage
|Height||50.00 cm||(19.69 inches)|
|Width||27.00 cm||(10.63 inches)|
|Depth||22.00 cm||(8.66 inches)|
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