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The Empire Sculptor - St Paul's loans work to major new exhibition
21 March 2013
A bust depicting a former Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul's is being given on loan to a major new exhibition
featuring the work of an artist known as The Empire
Sculptor and Rodin's
Running from Thursday 21 March to Sunday 8 September at Reading Museum, John Tweed: The Empire Sculptor, Rodin's Friend, is a retrospective of the work of Tweed, a leading Victorian and Edwardian sculptor whose work can be seen across Britain and the world.
In 1902 he introduced Rodin to England and did much to make the awkward sculptor feel at ease in London society.
The influence of Rodin’s work can be seen in the bust being loaned to the exhibition by St Paul's. It was not a monument but a gift to the subject, Somers Clarke (1841-1926), architect and Egyptologist who was Surveyor to the Fabric of St Paul’s (1897-1906).
Tweed’s association with the Cathedral commenced in 1903 when he began work on the statue of the Duke Of Wellington's battle horse, Copenhagen, which tops off the monument to the Duke, in the Cathedral's nave. He went on to design two individual monuments at St Paul's - the first for Admiral Charles De La Poer Beresford in the crypt and a second for Field Marshal Frederick Roberts, on the Cathedral floor.
John Tweed: The Empire Sculptor, Rodin's Friend
21 March - 8 September 2013
Sir John Madejski Art Gallery, Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, RG1 1QH
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