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    Bust of Sir John Mowbray

    Conrad Dressler (British, 1856-1940)
    1880
    Marble sculpture
    Marks: signed on reverse 'Conrad Dressler 1880'
    30.75 inches high x 51.75 inches wide

    A staunch conservative British politician, Oxford graduate and a long-term member of the House of Commons, John Mowbray (1815-1899) was born John Cornish, taking the surname of Mowbray after his sonless father-in-law Robert Sterling Cornish in 1847. Although he was elected to his seat in the House of Commons originally from Durham, it is for his 40-year representation of Oxford that he is most well-known. In that sense, being the longest serving member, the title of 'Father of the House' was bestowed upon him. Has was made a Baronet by Queen Victoria in 1880, the year this portrait bust was completed. Portraits of Mowbray are displayed in the National Portrait Gallery at London.

    Conrad Dressler, a young sculptor of 24 years at the time he completed this fine marble sculpture of Sir John, went on to have an illustrious career in sculpting and the pottery industry. Inventor of the tunnel kiln, his work can be seen at the National Portrait Galley at London and at the Tate in London where his beautiful sculpture of John Ruskin can be seen. Dressler's marble sculpture depicts Sir John in a waistcoat, necktie and overcoat looking straight ahead. Situated on a variegated marble socle with a brown plinth, attached is a brass plaque inscribed with John Mowbray, Bart MPDCL, Director of the Society 1846-1863, Chairman of the Society 1863-1899.

    Provenance:
    Christie's, London (2001)


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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