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From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings

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Sir John Soane , circa 1827 © Courtesy of National Portrait Gallery
From Pencil to Chisel: Sir Francis Chantrey’s Portrait Drawings

St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE
United Kingdom
April 2nd, 2011 - November 20th, 2011

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DESCRIPTION

The most successful portrait sculptor in the early-nineteenth century, Chantrey’s sitters included three monarchs and leading scientists and architects. This display focuses on a selection of Chantrey’s drawings made using a ‘camera lucida’, a light projecting device used for improved accuracy in delineating features and proportions. These simple ‘mug shot’ (full face and profile) drawings, apparently free from artistry and flattery, are remarkable for their immediacy.

Room 16