GB/0397 Royal Academy of Arts Archive.
GI John Gibson, RA, papers c. 1822-1866
GI/1 Correspondence 1824-1866
                        >GI/1/351 Richard Westmacott, London, 1 Kensington Gate, to John Gibson 06 Jan 1862
Reference CodeGI/1/351
TitleRichard Westmacott, London, 1 Kensington Gate, to John Gibson
Date06 Jan 1862
Extent & Medium1 piece
Historical BackgroundSeeking to improve his prospects, Gatley went to Rome in 1852. He took a studio near the Porta Pinciana and soon met the sculptor John Gibson, whose enthusiasm for Greek art he is said to have shared. Gatley contributed nine works to the International Exhibition of 1862. He had hoped to establish his reputation in England with these, but despite many favourable notices in the press he received no commissions. He returned to Rome bitterly disappointed, and died there in 1863. [DNB.]
Content DescriptionThe committee [of the 1862 International Exhibition] had unanimously decided to accept Alfred Gatley's bas relief entitled 'Pharaoh and the Hosts' ['Pharaoh and his Army in the Red Sea' (1855-61).] However, they actually preferred another bas relief by Gatley, of which they had seen a photograph. Westmacott then goes on to discuss the sculpture that was to be exhibited from other countries, and mentions a proposed statue of the Prince Consort.
Associated MaterialGI/1/349-351