Project Description

Richard Westmacott View of Edinburgh Castle

Sir Richard Westmacott, RA, FRS (British, 1775-1856)

View of Edinburgh Castle in 1800


30 x 41 cm (12 x 16 in)

In a fine gilt frame


A sculptor, Westmacott studied first with his father – also Richard – in his studio in Mount Street, W1, and subsequently under Antonio Canova in Rome. On returning to London, he set up his own foundry in Pimlico, casting both his own works and those of others. A renowned sculptor, his works include the reliefs on the north side of Marble Arch and the pediment of the British Museum. He had an arrangement with the British museum to take casts from their sculptures and sell them. Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s both contain a slew of memorials to famous men of the time – most notably Pitt the Younger – by Westmacott. He was consultant on the reliefs for Nelson’s Column.

Having lived at 14 South Audley Street, he was buried in the churchyard of St Mary’s Chastleton in Oxfordshire where his third son – Horatio – was Rector.

Drawings by Westmacott are rare; the present item showing two figures in the foreground admiring Edinburgh Castle on its volcanic plug.