Carlo Marochetti

Baron Pietro Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti RA (14 January 1805 – 29 December 1867) was an Italian-born French sculptor who worked in France, Italy and Britain. He completed many public sculptures, often in a neo-classical style, plus reliefs, memorials and large equestrian monuments in bronze and marble. In 1848, Marochetti settled in England, where he received commissions from Queen Victoria. Marochetti received great recognition during his lifetime, being made a baron in Italy and was awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government.

Carlo Marochetti
Carlo Marochetti by Antoine Claudet.jpg
Marochetti by Antoine Claudet
Born
Pietro Carlo Giovanni Battista Marochetti

(1805-01-14)14 January 1805
Turin, Italy
Died29 December 1867(1867-12-29) (aged 62)
Passy, France
NationalityItalian / French
EducationÉcole des Beaux-Arts, Paris
Known forSculpture, Public monuments

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Carlo Marochetti was born in Turin, where his father, Vincenzo, a former priest, was a local government official and professor of eloquence at Turin University, but after the family moved to Paris, Carlo was brought up as a French citizen.[1] He studied at the Lycée Napoléon and then studied sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where his teachers were François Joseph Bosio and Antoine-Jean Gros.[2][3] At the Paris Salon in 1827 he exhibited a marble statue of A Young Girl playing with a Dog which won a silver medal.[4] Between 1822 and 1830 Marochetti frequently spent long periods in Rome where his mother was resident and where he collaborated with François-Joseph Duret and Antoine Étex and worked briefly at the studio of the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen.[1][2]

Early careerEdit

From 1832 to 1848 Marochetti lived in Paris and largely adopted a neo-classical Romantic style of sculpture. He married Camille de Maussion in 1835 and together they would have two sons and a daughter.[1] In Paris, Marochetti received two significant commissions. One was for a relief panel of the Battle of Jemappes on the Arc de Triomphe and the other for a large marble statue group, the Elevation of Mary Magdalene for the altar of the Church of La Madeleine.[5] He delayed completing the altar group to create a monumental equestrian statue of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy which he donated to the city of Turin.[5] The king of Sardinia, Charles Albert rewarded Marochetti for his gift by making him a baron of the kingdom of Italy.[5] Before being sent to Italy the Philibert statue was displayed in the courtyard of the Louvre Palace during 1838. This effectively established Marochetti's reputation for creating equestrian monuments and led to him being commissioned to create such a statue of Ferdinand, Duke of Orleans, which stood in the courtyard of the Louvre for four years.[5] In 1839 the French government awarded him the Legion of Honour.[4] During 1840 Marochetti was competing to win both the commission for a monument to the Duke of Wellington for the city of Glasgow and for the commission to design the tomb of Napoleon for Les Invalides in Paris.[1] Although he won the Glasgow commission, Marochetti's proposal for the tomb attracted wide-spread public criticism in France and was rejected.[1]

When his father died, Marochetti inherited the family chateau at Vaux-sur-Seine outside of Paris and served as mayor of the town there from 1846.[5] After the fall of the July Monarchy in 1848, and his subsequent failure to win a seat in the National Assembly, Marochetti followed the French king Louis-Philippe into exile in the United Kingdom.[2][1]

Career in LondonEdit

 
Busts of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Marochetti spent the greater part of his time from 1848 until his death in London.[6] He lived on Onslow Square, and maintained a large studio and his own foundry in the adjacent Sydney Mews.[2][7] In his studio, Marochetti created an equestrian statue, in plaster, of Richard Coeur de Lion which was displayed at the Great Exhibition during 1851.[5] A public campaign led to a bronze copy being made which was eventually, in 1860, erected in front of the Palace of Westminster on the orders of Prince Albert.[5]

From his studio and foundry Marochetti, and his workforce, produced numerous statues, memorials and equestrian monuments plus smaller pieces. Between 1853 and 1855 Marochetti created three life-size statues, plus busts and garden ornaments, for the Kingston Lacy country mansion in Dorset.[8] His equestrian statues included those of Viscount Combermere in Chester and Sir Mark Cubbon in Bangalore and for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in Glasgow. Monuments featuring mourning seraphim by Marochetti include one in St. Paul's Cathedral for Lord Melbourne, the Scutari obelisk in Turkey and the Cawnpore memorial in India.[1] From 1864 Marochetti collaborated with Sir Edwin Landseer on the four bronze lions to be placed at the base of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square, and cast them at his Sydney Mews foundry.[7] He experimented in using coloured marble following the work of John Gibson and a coloured statuette of Queen Victoria was exhibited at a London studio but is now lost.[1]

 
Lord Melbourne memorial, St Paul's Cathedral

Not all of Marochetti's designs were so successful. His proposed design for the tomb of the Duke of Wellington was rejected.[1] Marochetti's equestrian monument to George Washington for the 1855 New York Exhibition was destroyed by fire.[9] In the 1860s he championed a scheme for a set of statues celebrating British engineers to be erected in the churchyard of St Margaret's, Westminster. The scheme was rejected but three of the statues, of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robert Stephenson and Joseph Locke were erected separately elsewhere.[1] His monumental statue of Robert Peel in Parliament Square was replaced by a smaller model by Matthew Noble.[1]

Marochetti had first met Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1849 and subsequently received a number of royal commissions.[1] He designed Queen Victoria's memorial to Princess Elizabeth and a bust of Prince Albert at Newport Minster on the Isle of Wight.[10] He also created the marble recumbent effigies for the tomb of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the Royal Mausoleum at Frogmore in Windsor Great Park. He was commissioned to make the seated figure of Albert for the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens. However the first version was rejected by the architect of the monument, Sir George Gilbert Scott, and Marochetti died before a satisfactory second version could be completed.[11] He was elected an associate of the Royal Academy 1861 and a full academician in 1866.[2]

Marochetti died, suddenly, at Passy in Paris and was buried at the Vaux-sur-Seine cemetery.[5]

Selected public worksEdit

1830-1839Edit

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Tommaso grave Père-Lachaise cemetery, Paris Pillar Stone
 
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Grave of Vincenzo Bellini Père-Lachaise cemetery, Paris Obelisk with reliefs Stone Architect: Guillaume-Abel Blouet[5]
 
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Battle of Jemappes East facade of the Arc de Triomphe, Paris 1834 Relief panel Stone 18m x 3.5m [1]
 
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Marochetti tomb Père-Lachaise cemetery, Paris 1838 Tomb Stone
 
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Statue of Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy Piazza San Carlo, Turin 1838 Equestrian statue on pedestal with relief panels Bronze and stone Q3663864 [1]

1840-1849Edit

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Théophile Corret de la Tour d'Auvergne Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany c.1840 Statue on pedestal with relief panels Bronze and stone [5]
 
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Mary Magdalen Exalted by Angels La Madeleine, Paris c.1842 Sculpture group and altar Marble [1]
 
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Claude Louis Berthollet Jardins de I'Europe, Annecy 1843 Statue on pedestal Bronze and stone Q56716583
 
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Statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow 1844 Equestrian statue on pedestal with relief panels Bronze and granite Category A Q7981506 [12]
 
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Ferdinand Philippe, Duke of Orléans Eu, Seine-Maritime, France 1845 Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze and stone

1850-1859Edit

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Queen Victoria George Square, Glasgow 1854 Equestrian statue on pedestal with relief panels Bronze and granite Category A Q17567473 First equestrian statue of a woman in Britain.[13]
 
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Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington Woodhouse Moor, Leeds 1854, erected 1858 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Grade II Q26656015 [14]
  Sir John Bankes Kingston Lacy, Dorset 1853-55 Bust Bronze One of two busts, plus a life size statue, of Bankes which Marochetti created for Kingston Lacey[8]
  King Charles I Kingston Lacy, Dorset 1853-55 Statue on stand Bronze [8]
  Mary Bankes 1598-1661 Kingston Lacy, Dorset 1853-55 Statue on stand Bronze [8]
  James Oswald George Square, Glasgow 1855 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Category B Q17792900 [15]
 
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Statue of Richard Coeur de Lion Palace of Westminster, London 1856 Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Grade II Q7324819 [16]
  Arthur Wellesley Torrens St Paul's Cathedral, London Relief plaque Marble Attributed to Marochetti

1860 and laterEdit

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Clive of India The Square, Shrewsbury c.1860 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Grade II Q26546539 [17]
 
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Charles Albert of Sardinia Piazza Carlo Alberto, Turin 1861 Equestrian statue on pedestal with statues at base Bronze and stone Q21141719
 
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George Cornewall Lewis St Peter's Square, Hereford c.1864 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Grade II Q47472418 [18]
 
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Statue of Viscount Combermere Grosvenor Road, Chester 1865 Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze and granite 7.1m tall Grade II* Q15978984 [19]
  Albert, Prince Consort Union Terrace, Aberdeen 1865 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Category B Q17770085 [20]
  Albert, Prince Consort George Square, Glasgow 1866 Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Category A Q17567468 [21]
  Statue of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington The Wellington Monument, Stratfield Saye House, Hampshire 1866 Statue Bronze Grade II Q26384539 [22]
  Statue of Mark Cubbon Cubbon Park, Bangalore 1866 Equestrian statue on pedestal Bronze and stone Q97183425 [23]
 
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Colin Campbell, 1st Baron Clyde Waterloo Place, London 1867 Statue on piller with statues at base Bronze and granite Grade II Q27083599 [24]
 
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Statue of Robert Stephenson Euston station, London Erected 1870 Statue on pedestal Bronze and granite Grade II Q27084501 [25]
 
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Statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel Victoria Embankment, London c.1877 Statue on pedestal with surrounding screen Bronze and Portland stone Grade II Q20829598 Pedestal by Richard Norman Shaw.[26]
 
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Jonas Webb High Street, Babraham, Cambridgeshire Late 19th century Statue on pedestal Bronze and stone Grade II Q26616046 [27]

ReferencesEdit

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