Frederick Thrupp (1812-95) enjoyed some success in mid-nineteenth century Britain as a sculptor of memorial statues and 'ideal' works on religious themes.
Though his name is largely unfamiliar now, Thrupp left a legacy to the present day in the form of his studio collection - marbles, plaster models, clay maquettes and drawings amasses during the course of his life. Held intact at Torre Abbey Historic House & Gallery in what is probably the largest single collection of a Victorian sculptor's work, they stand as a unique record of sculptors' practices at the time.
Giving insight into the sculpture-making process, Martin Greenwood considers the Thrupp collection in relation to the artist's career and in the context of contemporary collections and studio practice.
This essay was written to accompany the exhibition Survivals from a Sculptor's Studio: Frederick Thrupp (1812 - 1951) (21 January - 28 February 1999, Gallery 4).
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