John Bell (1811-1895) Sculpture Discovered

John Bell’s (1811-1895), lost marble figure of ‘Armed Science’, commissioned in 1853 by Robert Adair, Lord Waveney, for his home Flixton Hall in Suffolk has been discovered by Cheffins Fine Art experts in the garden of a Suffolk farm house and will be auctioned in The Fine Art sale on 7th & 8th September 2016.

John Bell, a British Sculptor was born at Hopton Hall, Suffolk before he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy, where he exhibited from the age of 21. Queen Victoria admired his work and bought ‘Andromeda’ from the Great Exhibition which is now in the gardens of Osborne House, Isle of Wight. Arguably one of his most famous sculptures to be recognised is the marble group representing ‘America’ on the Albert Memorial in London.

The statue was bought in the 1950’s from Flixton Hall and had been residing in the garden overlooking the tennis court until discovered amongst the trees by Cheffins experts.

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