10 June 2004
A BRONZE GROUP OF ST. MICHAEL OVERCOMING THE DEVIL
BY E. W. WYON, AFTER A MODEL BY JOHN FLAXMAN, 1842
St. Michael depicted spearing a half man half serpent representing the devil; on an integrally cast bronze base inscribed the the reverse 'EXECUTED BY E. W. WYON AFTER THE ORIGINAL BY FLAXMAN. FOR THE ART UNION OF LONDON. 1842.'
Greenish brown patina with lighter high points.
19¼ in. (48.9 cm.) high, overall
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C. Avery and M. Marsh, 'The Bronze Statuettes of the Art Union of London; The Rise and Decline of Victorian Taste in Sculpture', Apollo, May 1985, pp. 328-337, fig. 1.
In their article on the Art Union (op. cit.), Avery and Marsh note that the present model was the first bronze the Union produced in their quest to improve the standards of artistic output and appreciation in England.
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