This is a very special bust of an unknown gentleman, signed verso R C Belt for Richard Claude Belt who sculpted Queen Anne for St Paul’s Cathedral and Lord Byron for Park Lane.
This wonderful piece is beautifully sculpted by this master craftsman and would look superb in any interior.
Richard Claude Belt:
Born in Westminster, London. He was the son of Eliza Belt (born c.1815 in Maidstone, Kent), chandler. Richard worked in the studio of John Henry Foley as an architectural carver between 18 October 1869 and 15 January 1870. He then worked as an assistant to the sculptor and athlete, Charles Bennett Lawes (later Lawes-Wittewronge) (1843-1911) between 1871-5. Lawes and Belt entered into a working partnership which had ended by 1875. During this time Belt established a successful practice as a sculptor of portraits and monumental works, also exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy. His commissions included a statue to the late Lord Byron, Park Lane and Queen Anne, in St Paul's cathedral.
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