Gibson, John (1790-1866; Welsh), after
Venus and Cupid
Parian porcelain
Acquired by 1865
Present location unknown

This work was first listed in the 1865 NGV catalogue, describing it as an Art Union prize, “in Parian marble.” However, it is not listed in either the 1880 or 1894 NGV catalogues. It was presumably a replica of one of Gibson’s reliefs of this subject, perhaps the marble version in the V&A, dated to c.1839 (reproduced below), or another variant. For the “Parian” medium, see * Bonham Carter Florence Nightingale {1880} Loc? [SC].

Gibson studied in Rome with both Canova and Thovaldsen, and later became famous in England for his own Neoclassical works, notably his Tinted Venus (c.1851-56), reproduced in Melbourne’s cast collection.

[comparative photo: marble relief in the V&A Museum]

Refs.

NGV 1865, p.27, no.70 (under “Casts of Statues”; with details as noted above); AR 1870-71, p.33 (under Schedule XXXII, “lllustrations of Ceramic Art,” as by Gibson); not listed in NGV 1880 or 1894

For the marble relief shown here, and comments on other variants, see V&A catalogue (no.A.22-1963). For Gibson, see e.g.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gibson_(sculptor),  a detailed and well-referenced article