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Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Locke - 1779

Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Locke
    Block mould for a portrait medallion depicting John Locke

This portrait is one of two versions of the same subject. Although the modeller is unknown the source was probably a bust by Michael Rysbrack, which had been drawn from four angles by Chodowiecki and engraved by Neagle. Medallions formed from this mould were advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue, and are mentioned in the Oven Book for 24th April 1779.

This portrait is one of two versions of the same subject. Although the modeller is unknown the source was probably a bust by Michael Rysbrack, which had been drawn from four angles by Chodowiecki and engraved by Neagle. Medallions formed from this mould were advertised in Wedgwood and Bentley's 1779 Catalogue, and are mentioned in the Oven Book for 24th April 1779.

  • Type of object: Manufacturing paraphernalia and miscellany/mould
  • Mark: Locke
    [Written in ink]
  • Year produced: 1779
  • Body: Plaster of Paris
  • Glaze: unglazed
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 2955
  • Dimensions: 108 mm (length), 84 mm (width), 29 mm (depth)

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  • John Locke Subject

    John Locke - Subject (1632 - 1704)

    John Locke was an English philosopher, physician and enlightener. He was one of the main representatives of British empirism and is regarded as the 'father of liberalism'. His political philosophy influenced the American Declaration of Independence and the constitution of the United States of America. His father John Locke was a country lawyer who sent him to Westminster School, London and Christ Church College, Oxford, where he was awarded a Bachelor's and a Master's degree and obtained a Bachelor's degree in medicine in 1674. He met Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, the later 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, in 1666 whose life he should save as his personal physician later. Shaftesbury, who was a founder of the 'Wig Movement' exerted great influence on Locke's political ideas. Some of his most important works are 'A Letter Concerning Toleration', 'An Essay Concerning Human Understanding', and 'Of the Conduct of the Understanding'. Locke had to flee to the Netherlands in 1683, under suspicion of involvement in the 'Rye House Plot', where he stayed for five years. He died in 1704 in Essex. He never married nor had children.

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  • Block mould

    Block mould

    The master mould often carved in wood, wax or low-fired earthenware from which working plaster of Paris moulds are taken.

  • Portrait Medallion

    Portrait Medallion

     

    A medallion, either circular or oval, made usually from Black Basalt or jasper, which features a head or head and shoulders study, rather than a relief of a classical nature.