Andrea Lucchesi (Italian, 1860-1924)

Andrea Carlo Lucchesi was a British sculptor of Italian descent, born in London in 1859. He spent his early formative years in the father’s workshop, much like his brothers, Carlo Leopoldo, who went on to become a silversmith and Lorenzo Bernardo, who worked as an etcher.

Lucchesi started at the West London School of art in 1881. The following year he was accepted into the Royal Academy Schools on the strength of his model Waif. He remained at the Royal Academy until 1886, then embarked onto his independent artistic career, working for a period of time as a designer for the silversmiths Elkington and then for Garrards.

Lucchesi’s sculpture combined the strong naturalistic modelling typical of the New Sculpture movement with elements of the burgeoning Art Nouveau and Symbolist styles. He won acclaim from the leading artists of the time, assisting Edward Onslow-Ford for some time and later working on his memorial on Abbey Road, London.

Lucchesi favoured above all the nude female figure. Among his ideal nudes, one should mention The Flight of Fancy, Destiny, Oblivion and A Vanishing Dream, which were all exhibited at the ‘International Art Exhibition’ of Glasgow in 1901.