Bust of an African Woman

Object Details

Title:

Bust of an African Woman

Artist/Maker:

Henry Weekes (British, 1807 - 1877)

Culture:

British

Date:

1859

Medium:

Marble

Object Number:

95.SA.82

Dimensions:

66 cm (26 in.)

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Provenance
- about 1965

Private Collection, sold to a private collection, about 1965.
Source: Letter from Bruce Lindsay of Jonathan Harris Works of Art, June 29, 1995.

about 1965 - 1995

Private Collection [sold, Christie's, London, March 2, 1995, lot 215 to Jonathan Harris Works of Art.]

1995

Jonathan Harris Works of Art, sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1995.

Exhibitions
Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts (1859) (possibly no. 1321, "An African head".)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1859
Exhibition of the British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom (1860) (possibly no. 639, "An African Head".)
  • British Institution for Promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom (London), 1860
Bibliography

The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Fine Arts, 1859), p. 50, no. 1321, mentioned as "An African Head.".

British Institution for promoting the Fine Arts in the United Kingdom, Pall Mall, London. Catalogue of the works of British artists. 1860, p. 24, lot 639, mentioned as "An African Head (marble 80 guineas, plaster 5 guineas)".

Graves, Algernon. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Work from Its Foundation in 1769 to 1904 (1905; repr., London: S.R. Publishers LTD. And Kingsmead Reprints, 1970), vol. 3 (1970), vol. 8 (1906), p. 194, no. 1321.

Christie's, London. The Nineteenth Century. March 2, 1995, p. 107, lot 215, ill., mentioned as "An English White Marble Bust of a Negress.".

Jonathan Harris Works of Art (London: Jonathan Harris, 1995), p. 9, ill., mentioned as "A Marble Bust of a Woman, Possibly Mary Seacole.".

Fusco, Peter. Summary Catalogue of European Sculpture in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 55, ill.

Fusco, Peter, Peggy Anne Fogelman, and Marietta Cambareri. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: European Sculpture (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1998), pp. 116-17, no. 42, ill., entry by Peggy Anne Fogelman.

Bilbey, Diane and Marjorie Trusted. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London: V&A Publications, 2002), p. 426, under bibliography.

Education Resources

Education Resource

Subjects

Grades

Format

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson plan students consider symbolic forms and sketch their own designs for a symbolic sculpture.

Visual Arts

9-12

Single Class Lesson

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson students evaluate their own sketches, choose a final design, and create their own symbolic sculpture.

Visual Arts

9-12

Three/Five-Part Lesson

Shaping Ideas

In this lesson Students participate in a class critique of the symbolic sculptures they created.

Visual Arts

9-12

Single Class Lesson