Melnikov, A. Davydov, Art history, the discipline that through the twentieth century rediscovered him as a proto-romantic rebel, seems of late to have ignored his sculpture.
Conversely, their parliamentary reformism did not inform his manicured, seductive sculpture by any perceivable or logical rationale. For now, the way one understands the socio-cultural and aesthetic modernity breaking through in eighteenth-century France is more Chardin or David than Falconet.
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But theory too seems to have represented for Falconet a means of bending and refashioning his circumstances for the better. After starting on his Russian mission in , Falconet practically gave up sculpture in order to devote himself to his written polemics. After this, Falconet set out to extract from the letters a body of critical commentary that, in , became published simply as a collection of polemical pieces. Only in these pieces does Falconet deploy a more strident persona: an iconoclast that attacks false privilege and the condescension of literary luminaries writing inanely on art.
Was it a result of his sheer vocation for modelling and carving marble figures, or should we also see other factors at work? Whatever this may say to us, Falconet had a tenacious way of making sure he stayed on the winning side. Voltaire had long-running and complicated relationships with the Jacobites, the supporters of the exiled Stuarts, the Catholic dynasty which was overthrown and replaced by the Protestant William of Orange in In the course of that famous uprising, Voltaire had gone so far as to write a manifesto for Bonnie Prince Charlie grandson of the deposed James II , although his motives had more to do with a desire to ingratiate himself with the French government than with affection for the Stuarts.
Voltaire sniffed at Ramsay as a plagiarist. Whatever his reactions to individual Jacobite exiles, Voltaire never dismissed Jacobitism as backward or despotic. His positive attitude may have been shaped by his early friendships with Viscount Bolingbroke , an exiled Tory minister who was attracted to Jacobitism at various phases of his long career, and bishop Atterbury of Rochester.
The Viscount admired the young French poet, but warned him to restrain the influence of his imagination. The image of King Henry IV of France presented in that poem may have appealed to Bolingbroke, who had tried in vain to persuade the Stuart claimant, James III , to change his religion in order to gain a throne.
Voltaire may not have met Atterbury before , but he knew of him through his close correspondent Thieriot, who was friendly with the exiled Tory bishop and Jacobite conspirator. In spite of his orthodox Anglican piety Atterbury was fascinated by Voltaire. Desfontaines included a brief tribute to Atterbury in his translation.
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Bolingbroke had already returned to his homeland, and to opposition politics. For his part, Pope was about to publish the Dunciad , a stinging attack on the Walpole administration. Much of his last year in England was spent in the houses of the Tory Earl Bathurst, an associate of Atterbury, and the Earl of Peterborough, a retired general who was disdained by the Whig establishment. These were not men who could do Voltaire much good with the government.
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Although he was able to publish La Henriade by subscription , Voltaire had little success in finding wider patronage in England. Tellingly, although he met the Duke of Richmond, a leading Whig Freemason, he was not initiated into the Masonic brotherhood, unlike Montesquieu and the Chevalier Ramsay.
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