A charming Victorian white marble figure of ‘Florence’ by Charles E. Smith

$78,500.00

A charming Victorian white marble figure of ‘Florence’ by Charles E. Smith,

showing a pensive young girl with ringlets looking down as she bunches a draped cloth at her wrist, leaning against a rock with one foot raised, set on the original grey marble column carved with a floral garland and ‘Florence’ in gilt, signed C E Smith Sc. Liverpool, circa 1867. 


Height of figure:  41 ½ in., 105.5cm.
Height overall:     73 ½ in., 187cm. Width 22in, 56cm.  Depth 17in., 43cm. approx. 

 

$78,500

 

Exhibited:
Liverpool Fine Art Institute 1865


Provenance:
Edward Robert Bickersteth FRCS,
Mary Florence Dickinson (née Bickersteth) of Red How
and thence by descent.

 

Footnote:
The Bickersteth and Dickinson Families     


      

            Exhbition Catalogue entry                    The bridal party with Florence fourth from the left in the bottom row.

 


Florence (1860-1922) was born into a respected medical family in Liverpool, three generations of which held the prestigious post of ‘Surgeon at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary’. Her father, Edward Robert Bickersteth (1828-1908), studied medicine at Edinburgh and St Bartholomew’s, London. He supported Joseph Lister’s early work on antiseptics and married the sister of fellow student Charles Murchison. He built up a large surgical practice, founded a private nursing home and taught clinical and systematic surgery until 1888. From then onwards he was a member of the Hospital Committee, until he became president of the Infirmary in 1904, residing mainly in Craig-y-Don, Anglesey, where he also kept a yacht. On his death he left a considerable sum to the building of a new Out-patient Department. He had two sons and three daughters, the youngest of whom was Mary Florence, known as Florence.

 

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Material:
Marble
Artist:
Charles E. Smith
Creation Date:
1867

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