Oscar Spalmach, who was born in Venice, served in the Grenadier Guards, after which he studied at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in his native city, receiving a certificate in February 1892 that qualified him to practice and teach sculpture. His earliest works incude “the head of a street urchin,” a “nude male torso inspired ny the Social Realism of Achille d'Orsi” (Berresford), the head of a young child, and a Romeo and Juliet. The year after graduating from art school, he married his cousin Clara and took up a position at the studio of Orazio Andreoni in Rome, where he worked for the next decade.
According to Berresford, Andreoni's atelier “was one of the most famous in the capital with a wide range of sculptural works, both original inventions and copies, often rather commercial and destined for the Anglo-American markets.”
Berresford, Sandra. “Oscar Spalmach and the Lea Park Cascade/Fountains.” Unpublished essay. I would like to thank Ms. Berresford for sharing her work with the readers of the Victorian Web and Robert Freidus for scanning it for me. — George P. Landow
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