Description & Technical information

Two Parian Ware bas-relief sculptures depicting subjects from the work of John Milton (1608-1674): May Morning (from his volume of poems of 1645), and The Fall of the Rebel Angels from Paradise Lost each 8 in. (20 cm.) in diameter, and inscribed with title; with polished black word circular frames.

The Art Union of London was established in 1836 and was intended to provide an affordable and more accessible way for people to enjoy work by modern artists. As its charter declared, ‘[The Art Union] has for its object the cultivation of a purer taste in matters of the fine arts, and their general advancement in the British empire, by the encouragement of native artists and an improved taste on the part of the public.’ For a small annual fee subscribers were entitled to choose a large engraving and the right to enter a competition for an original painting. In addition to pictures the Union began to offer medallions, bronze statuettes and, as presented here, sculptures made of ‘Parian Ware’, a type of unglazed porcelain which was intended to resemble marble.

Date:  1645
Period:  17th century
Dimensions: 20 cm (7⁷/₈ inches)
Categories: Sculpture