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  • Bertel Thorvaldsen
Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist

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Sir Walter Scott, 1771 - 1832. Novelist 1833/34


  • Scottish Art
Polio left Scott permanently lame in the right leg at the age of eighteen months. His parents sent him to recover at his grandfather's farm near Kelso in the Borders. Here he came to know and love the ballads which later inspired his literary career . Scott's novels were read and admired throughout Europe. Those which have Scottish themes, like Old Mortality and Heart of Midlothian, have had a major impact on how Scots view their own past. After retiring in 1830, his health ruined through overwork, Scott travelled to Italy. Here he met the Danish neo-classical sculptor, Thorvaldsen. The bust which resulted from their meeting presents the writer as a noble genius rather than as an exhausted old man..

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Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


The revival of ancient Greek and Roman models of art and architecture, with particular importance put on simplicity and discipline. Such ideals have been revived at various points in history and contrast with more decadent and dynamic styles such as the Baroque.

Bust, Neo-classicism


  • Acc. No. PG 2933
  • Medium Marble
  • Size Height: 58.00 cm (including socle)
  • Credit Purchased with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 1993