Marshall, William Calder (1813-94; Scottish) [after?]
Parian ware, size unknown
Acquired by 1865
Unidentified; present location unknown

This bust, presumably a representation of Prospero’s daughter from The Tempest, was described in the NGV’s 1865 catalogue as by “W.G.Marshall,” and made in “Parian marble”.

The sculptor was probably W.C.Marshall, as detailed above. One of the most prolific sculptors active in Victorian Britain, he was responsible for many public sculptures in London, including Agriculture, on the Albert Memorial, completed by 1868.

A number of his figures are documented as having been reproduced in reduced size in Parian ware, a type of porcelain: for comments on this medium, see * Bonham Carter Florence Nightingale {1880} Loc? [SC], and for other Parian ware works previously in the Melbourne collection, see * Unknown (British, 19C) Innocence {c.1860} Loc? [SC] and * Unknown (British, 19C) Queen Victoria {c.1860} Loc? [SC].


NGV 1865, p.33 (bust no.45; as by “W.G.Marshall”); not listed in NGV 1894 or 1905

For Marshall, see (with further references); see also AKL 87 (2015), pp.304-5 and Bénézit 9, p.339

For the other Parian ware works by Marshall mentioned above, see (lot 956: Lesbia; illustrated), and (Burston & Hewett auction, Battle, 19 March 2914, lot 404: Ophelia; illustrated)

The Art Gallery of New South Wales also holds a marble statue by Marshall entitled Oenone, purchased in 1887; I have yet to see this work, which is not reproduced in the online catalogue of the AGNSW collection. (Oenone was the first wife of Paris, who abandoned her for Helen)