David le Marchand, 1674-1726: 'an ingenious man for carving in ivory'
David Le Marchand was an expert ivory carver and executed some of the most impressive cameo portraits ever carved in ivory. This is the first book on his work, and was published to accompany a major touring exhibition.Le Marchand learned his craft in his native Dieppe, the port to which elephant tusks were shipped from West Africa. However, as a Huguenot he was forced in 1685 to flee religious persecution in France, and settled in Edinburgh in 1696. Here he secured the patronage of some leading Scottish families, including the Earl of Cromartie and the Duke of Perth, for whom he was to undertake important portrait commissions.More distinguished patrons were to follow after Le Marchand moved to London in 1705. Among those who flocked to him for portrait busts and cameos were Queen Anne, George I and the Duke of Marlborough, as well as Sir Isaac Newton and Sir Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, and the founder of Guy's Hospital, Thomas Guy.This book examines the role of Le Marchand in the artistic, commercial and intellectual worlds of his day and includes a fully illustrated catalogue of works encompassing the entire range of his activity as a sculptor.
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