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Lucius Gahagan c.1780-1866
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Lucius Gahagan c.1780-1866

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Head and shoulders portrait a l’antique of King George III as “Pater Patriae” (“Father of his Country”) on a socle

 

Black coloured cast plaster height 25 inches (including original integrated socle)

 

Signed, “L. Gahagan fecit” and further inscribed “& publish/ June 1st 1809 / no.12/ Cleveland Street / Fitzroy Square” on the reverse, and inscribed “Pater Patriae” on the front of the socle.

 

Lucius Gahagan (originally Geoghegan: his father anglicised his name when he moved to London from Dublin) was the son and pupil of Lawrence Gahagan (b. circa.1736 – d.1820), the distinguished Irish sculptor in marble and bronze. He was born about 1785, and worked in London, Dublin and Bath, where he lived from 1820 until his death in a house called “Lo Studio”. Much of his work was in collaboration with his father. Where, as frequently, it is signed “L.Gahagan” it is virtually impossible accurately to identify each’s work from the other. Several other brothers were also involved in the family sculpture studio in London.

Their patronage was at an exalted level and achieved a widespread popularity from casts done from terracotta models like the present example. Few examples of their work in the softer materials survive, despite a prolific output, thought the bronzes and marble sculptures are to be found in various museums and churches.


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