Tue, 2nd May 2017 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hibernia')

 
  Lot 65
 

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A MARBLE BUST THOUGHT TO BE OF THE RENOWNED...

A MARBLE BUST THOUGHT TO BE OF THE RENOWNED ARCTIC EXPLORER SIR William Edward Parry, CIRCA 1840
unsigned, finely carved and depicting Parry in a buttoned Royal Navy uniform with epaulettes for the rank of a Captain of three years seniority, loosely mounted on a fluted ebonised wood and plaster pillar, the bust -- 19½in. (49.5cm.) high; the stand 49in. (124.5cm.) high

Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) became famous as a hydrographer and for his early attempts to discover the Northwest Passage with Captain (later Sir) John Ross. He was promoted Captain in 1821 and knighted in 1829 on the same day as Sir John Franklin, and when it seems likely this bust was commissioned. Latterly he was to sit as a member of the Arctic Council planning searches for Franklin. He was in post as Lieutenant Governor of Greenwich Hospital when he died in Ems, Germany where he had gone for treatment. The depiction here shows Parry as a more mature figure than the youthful portraits commonly seen.

Sold for £992
Estimated at £1,000 - £1,500

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
A MARBLE BUST THOUGHT TO BE OF THE RENOWNED ARCTIC EXPLORER SIR William Edward Parry, CIRCA 1840
unsigned, finely carved and depicting Parry in a buttoned Royal Navy uniform with epaulettes for the rank of a Captain of three years seniority, loosely mounted on a fluted ebonised wood and plaster pillar, the bust -- 19½in. (49.5cm.) high; the stand 49in. (124.5cm.) high

Sir William Edward Parry (1790-1855) became famous as a hydrographer and for his early attempts to discover the Northwest Passage with Captain (later Sir) John Ross. He was promoted Captain in 1821 and knighted in 1829 on the same day as Sir John Franklin, and when it seems likely this bust was commissioned. Latterly he was to sit as a member of the Arctic Council planning searches for Franklin. He was in post as Lieutenant Governor of Greenwich Hospital when he died in Ems, Germany where he had gone for treatment. The depiction here shows Parry as a more mature figure than the youthful portraits commonly seen.