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William Hogarth was a popular eighteenth-century British artist, famous for his satirical commentaries on society and social customs. Jean Jules Salmson was a French sculptor who produced high-quality bronze sculptures. This statue is one from a group of sculpture depicting historical figures, like artists such as Joshua Reynolds, Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony van Dyke. It is one of two sculptures by Salmson in this style in the museum's collection, other being a statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
H 58 x W 27 x D 19 cm
bequeathed by John C. Burton
on base: Salmson
on plaque affixed to front: PRESENTED TO / Mr John Burton / IN COMMEMORATION OF THE EAST GATES IMPROVEMENT / EFFECTED MAINLY BY HIS UNTIRING EXERTIONS / LEICESTER JUNE 16th 1862