1839 Life Size Marble Bust by James Fillans (1809-1852)


Born in Wilsontown, Lanarkshire, Scotland, 27th March 1809, James Fillans served an apprenticeship with a stonemason, executing the now famous Corinthian capitals on the then Glasgow Royal Exchange, now the Gallery of Modern Art. This brought him the nickname "The Young Athenian". He soon set up a studio in Paisley sculpting portrait busts of the great and the good, before moving to Glasgow in 1830 and London in 1835 as his reputation grew. He visited and worked in Paris, Vienna and Italy in the 1830s. By 1839, when our bust was carved, he was in 8 High Holbourn, London. He also exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy between 1837 and 1850. He died 27th September 1852. Fillan's portrait was painted by Sir Daniel Macnee (1806-1882), illustrated here. This was exhibited at the Old Glasgow Exhibition in 1894 (see image from Glasgow Museums Resource Centre)  We have as yet to identify the subject of this impressive portrait bust. His nose has been restored and there is a chip to the cloak.

74 cm tall, 66 cm broad and 4 34 cm deep. Stone or concrete floor recommended! Marble is perfect for garden use, of course.

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