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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Works of Art Exhibited at Marlborough House, 1854: Sculpture in Marble 1854

Albumen print | 13.8 x 19.0 cm (image) | RCIN 2800215

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Photograph of a carved marble relief depicting a youth in classical armour seated on a chariot drawn by two horses. He carries a salamander in his left hand. Behind him, standing on a plinth at the back of the chariot, a naked Apollo leans forward and crowns the seated youth with a wreath of laurels, holding it above his head. In front of the youth stands a female figure, Fame, holding a torch in her right and the reins of the horses in her left. On the far right, in front of the procession, a youth in classical armour stands, carrying a banner in his left hand. The figures are set against a background portraying a hill with trees, on the left, and a building. On the upper edge, at the centre, Jupiter is represented as a bearded male figure in half-length holding a thunderbolt in his left hand and pointing towards the chariot with his right. Beneath him is an eagle holding a scroll in his claws.

The work depicted is currently held by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • Creator(s)

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    Francis Bedford (1815-94) (photographer)

  • 13.8 x 19.0 cm (image)

  • 'Sculpture in Marble'

  • Commissioned by Henry Cole. Later acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

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        • photographs
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      • Europe
        • Great Britain
          • England
            • Greater London [England]
              • London [Greater London]
                • City of Westminster
                  • Marlborough House [London]
    • Arts, Recreation, Entertainment & Sport
      • Plastic arts
        • Sculpture
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Engineering & Technology
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          • Simple transport
            • Carts
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Animal husbandry
          • Horses
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