This comprehensive survey of sculpture in Britain from the Reformation to the accession of Queen Victoria aims to shed light on English taste in the period. It examines the family tomb and the portrait bust, the forms of sculpture most favoured in Britain at that time.
Part 1 16th century: Renaissance influence from Italy and France; the Netherlandish refugees. Part 2 The earlier 17th century: Nicholas Stone and his contemporaries - Nicholas Stone, the contemporaries of Nicholas Stone; sculpture at the court of Charles 1. Part 3 Restoration sculpture and the Baroque - 1660-1714: introduction - the Berninesque echo in the work of John Bushnell - Edward Pierce; the influence of the Netherlands - Caius Gabriel Cibber, Grinling Gibbons and Arnold Quellin, John Nost, the mason - sculptors. Part 4 The antique, the Baroque, and the Rococo - 1714-1760: Francis Bird; the first foreign immigrants; Michael Rysbrack; Peter Scheemakers and Laurent Delvaux; Henry Scheemakers and Henry Cheere; Louis Francois Roubiliac; the later works of Rysbrack, Scheemakers, and Cheere; the impact of the foreign sculptors. Part 5 The first royal academicians: introduction - Joseph Wilton, Agostino Carlini and William Tyler, some contemporary sculptors. Part 6 Neo-classicism: Joseph Nollekens; John Bacon and some contemporaries - John Bacon, some contemporary sculptors; Thomas Banks; John Flaxman. Part 7 The early 19th-century: Sir Richard Westmacott; Sir Francis Chantrey.