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Richard Westmacott’s Pediment Sculptures for the British Museum

1 min read  · 28 Apr 2022

Sir Richard Westmacott (1775-1856) was the leading British sculptor of his day. Already involved with questions of display of works in the British Museum’s collection, Westmacott was tasked with designing the sculptures for the pediment of the imposing museum façade. Surmounting the main entrance, Westmacott’s sculptures dedicate the museum to culture and civilisation.

British Museum Director Hartwig Fischer delves into the story and inspiration behind these fascinating sculptures titled The Progress of Civilisation, and uncovers their layered narratives as a gateway to the museum. Filmed in glorious detail via drone, HENI Talks was privileged enough to film the sculptures up close.

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