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Venus Reclining on a Sea Monster with Cupid and a Putto

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Location

Street:Parham Park
Town:Storrington
Parish:Parham
Council:Horsham District Council
County:West Sussex
Postcode:RH204HS
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Object setting:Inside building
Access is:Public
Location note:Parham Park, the Upper Hall at the top of the stairs
In the AZ book:West Sussex
Page:106
Grid reference:6C/6D
The A-Z books used are A-Z East Sussex and A-Z West Sussex (Editions 1A 2005). Geographers' A-Z Map Company Ltd. Sevenoaks.

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Makers

Name : John Deare
     Role:Sculptor

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General Information

Commissioned by: Sir Cecil Bysshopp 8th Baronet, 12th Lord Zouche
Construction period:1785-1787
Installation date:1788
Work is:Extant
Owner custodian:Lady Emma and Mr. James Barnard
Description:Sculptural relief of a naked Venus reclining on the back of a sea-goat amid waves. In the background is the figure of Cupid about to fire an arrow and the figure of a putto.
Iconographical description:The depiction is partly derived from an ancient Roman relief of the wedding procession of Poseidon and Amphitrite and an antique Roman sarcophagus that were both in Rome when Deare composed the piece.

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Classification

Categories:Sculptural
Object type1:Sculpture
Object type2:Relief
Subject type1:Figurative
     Subject subtype1:Group
Subject type2:Mythological
     Subject subtype1:Reclining

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Object Parts

Part 1:Frame
     Material:Black coloured wood
     Height (cm):48
     Width (cm):73
     Depth (cm):7
Part 2:Sculptural relief
     Material:White marble
     Height (cm):33
     Width (cm):58
     Depth (cm):5

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Object Condition

Overall condition:Good
Risk assessment:No known risk
Date of on-site inspection:19/10/2008

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History

History:Deare lived in Rome from 1785 onwards after winning a travel scholarship from the Royal Academy. He made several versions of this carving, this one for Sir Cecil Bisshop at Parham being the first. A similar version was made for Sir Richard Worsley Bart. and is in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. Deare specialised in reliefs of mythological subjects, often for interior decorative schemes.
('The Return of the Gods')

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References

Source 1 :
     Title:'The Return of the Gods:Neoclassical Sculpture in Britain'
     Type:Book
     Author:Trusted, Marjorie.
     Page:24
     Publisher:Tate Publishing. London.

Source 2 :
     Title:'Parham: Pulboough, West Sussex'
     Type:Book
     Author:Tritton, Veronica & Coombs, David.
     Publisher:Parham Park Ltd. Pulborough.


Further information:
www.parhaminsussex.co.uk#http://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk#

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