7 May 2009,
Price realised GBP 1,875
GBP 400 - GBP 600
A REGENCY PAINTED PLASTER BUST OF HOMER
FIRST HALF 19TH CENTURY, AFTER THE ANTIQUE
With old repairs
28 in. (71 cm.) high
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Such plaster busts of luminaries were a fashionable addition to every Regency library. Perhaps the most celebrated supplier of 'statuaries, masons and plaster figure makers' was the firm of Benjamin Shout and his son Robert (fl. 1778-1823), who operated from a studio and spacious showrooms at 18 High Holborn. Of Leigh Hunt's studio, Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote: 'His room no doubt Is still adorned by many a cast from Shout'.
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