- Also known as
primary name: Carlini, Agostino
other name: Carlini, Augustin
- individual; sculptor/medallist; publisher/printer; British; Italian; French; Male
- Life dates
- Soho Square, London (1782)
- Sculptor and publisher, probably born and trained in Genoa and first recorded working at The Hague under architect Pieer de Swart (1709-1773) and for William IV of Orange from 1748 to 1753-4. One of his most renowned works was life sized full length marble figure of Joshua Ward, quack doctor and philanthropist, in Royal Society of Arts, now in V & A.
Carlini was a founder member of RA in 1768, one of only three sculptors and four Italians; two of his works remain at the RA plaster equestrian model of George III, and a marble bust of the kind wearing classical dress, s & d 1773.
Carlini most famous for marble tombs, Lady Sophia Petty (1745-1771) in church of All Saints at High Wycombe, Bucks, 1770s, showing her with two young sons; an Italianate monument to Harriet Benson, Lady Bingley (c. 1705-1771), Bramham Park chapel, Yorkshire, and tomb for reclining Lord and Lady Milton at Milton Abbey in Dorset, signed and dated 1775.
Carlini also worked with other sculptors including Joseph Nollekens, Joseph Wilton, John Bacon the elder and Giuseppe Ceraccchi, and, under the direction of William Chambers, on architectural sculpture for Somerset House, London.
- Marjorie Trusted in ODNB
M. Trusted, 'A man of talent', Agostino Carlini (c.1718-1790)', Burlington Magazine, 134 (1992), pp.776-84, and 135 (1993), pp.190-201;
R. Baarsen, 'High rococo in Holland: William IV and Agostino Carlini', Burlington Magazine, 140 (1998), pp.172-83;
D. Bindman and M. Baker, 'Roubiliac and the eighteenth-century monument; sculpture as theatre (1995), p.337, pl.279