Portraiture is to most sculptors what steam is to machines, for it sets them in motion and it keeps them going. They would soon be idle for want of it. But even if the great majority of them can turn out attractive portrait busts, it does not necessarily follow that art gains much thereby. Indeed, there are many who contend that art loses much, for it is a rare thing to meet with a sculptor who can satisfy his sitters and their relatives and yet produce such good work as commands admiration both by the freedom of its style and by the subtle and fearless truth of the character revealed by it. Without these qualities of art a portrait bust is not worth much more attention than a good photograph. That most English sculptors are apt to give insufficient attention to this fact is well known. — The Studio

Busts and, less commonly, statues carried the funerary tradition into the world of the living. The features of the Duke of Wellington, Walter Scott, George IV and James Watt are so familiar now because Chantrey created the icon. Reproduced down the decades, they have burned into the national memory: the Duke of Wellington's nose, James Watt's mouth, the jowls of George IV, all hang on a marble peg. . . . The business of art in the nineteenth century was as much to promote the status quo as it was to delight, to challenge and to change. — James Hamilton

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