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    Sale 5923

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    12 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 79

    AN ENGLISH WHITE MARBLE BUST OF WILLIAM IV

    BY JOHN FRANCIS (1780-1861), DATED 1832

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    AN ENGLISH WHITE MARBLE BUST OF WILLIAM IV
    BY JOHN FRANCIS (1780-1861), DATED 1832
    Inscribed to the reverse 'FRANCIS SC., LONDON, 1932'
    29 in. (73.5 cm.) high


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    John Francis displayed an artistic talent and was advised to seek training under Chantrey in 1810. He attracted the patronage of Mr Coke, later the Earl of Leicester, and successfully carved a portrait bust to be exhibited in the Royal Academy in 1820. He became the unoffical sculptor of the Whig Party and was a particular favourite of William IV.

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    Please note this lot is inscribed to the reverse '1832'.