Wedgwood's school in Rome

Rome, with its important and prestigious collections, was the chief destination for those interested in classicism. Wedgwood followed the example of such manufacturers as Matthew Boulton, employing artists there to work for him and sending craftsmen to Italy to copy the decorative arts.

Josiah’s own school in Rome was under the direction of John Flaxman and Henry Webber. He employed Italian modellers, including Angelo Dalmazzoni, Camillo Pacetti, Guiseppe Angelini and Angelino Fratoddi, amongst others, whose mission was twofold: to send back to Staffordshire a constant supply of wax models, copied from originals, and to purchase engravings from the great museum collections, to be replicated in wares at Etruria.

Josiah paid for everything when he sent an artist to Rome: travel, accommodation, materials – sketch books, beeswax and resin, painting colours, pencils, ink, nails – even a bookcase with four locks and keys.

 

 

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Wax model for The Feast of the Gods, after a bronze by della Porta. The plaque was in production by

Wax model for The Feast of the Gods, after a bronze by della Porta. The plaque was in production by