Andrea Carlo Lucchesi

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To be distinguished from the composer Andrea Luchesi.
A bronze nymph in the gardens of Chirk Castle[1]

Andrea Carlo Lucchesi (November 1860 — 1924)[2] was an Anglo-Italian sculptor, born and trained in London, who had a career in the United Kingdom as an exponent of the naturalistic and symbolist "New Sculpture".[3] His portrait of Queen Victoria is on the facade of the Art Gallery, at Bath.[4] Lucchesi received his early training from his father, also a sculptor, and at the West London School of Art; he first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881. In 1882 his Waif won him acceptance at the Royal Academy schools, where he remained five years (1881–86). He was a member of the Art Workers Guild, established in 1884 to promote the "unity of the arts" [5]

Lucchesi specialised in the female nude, naturalistically represented under allegorical titles, such as Destiny[6] and the undisguisedly erotic Myrtle's Altar (1899), manifesting clear influences of Art Nouveau and, in the finely modelled symbolic representations of crown, sword, spilled bag of coins, of Symbolism.[7] In addition to his own work, he assisted Henry Hugh Armstead and Edward Onslow Ford, and provided models for electroplate silverware by Elkington & Company and the Crown Jewelers, Garrard's. He also produced portrait busts: his bronze bust of Sir John Franklin (1898) is conserved at the National Portrait Gallery, London.[8]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ GardenGuide: Chirk Castle; sculptures were introduced into the gardens at Chirk by Lord and Lady Howard de Walden, after 1911; the sculptor's name is given as "Antonio Luchessi".
  2. ^ Dates given by the National Portrait Gallery, London
  3. ^ Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, (Yale University Press) 1983:180, illus. pl. 182
  4. ^ Andrea Carlo Lucchesi; Andrea Carlo Lucchesi
  5. ^ Terry Cavanagh and Allison Yarrington, Public Sculpture of Leicestershire and Rutland (Liverpool University Press), 2000:375 (brief biographical notes).
  6. ^ Destiny received a gold medal at Dresden, 1895, and another at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900 (Cavanagh and Yarrington 2000).
  7. ^ Bronze reduction of Myrtle's Altar
  8. ^ National Portrait Gallery: Andrea Carlo Lucchesi