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This photograph, taken in about 1898, shows the studio of the Belgian-born sculptor Eugène Lacomblé (1828–1905). He lived and worked for the most part in the Netherlands. His studio is crowded with all kinds of things: designs for statues, portrait edallions, animal heads and numerous small clay figures. Little is known about this sculptor or, for that matter, other Dutch sculptors working in the long nineteenth century. Yet we see their art around us all the time: in squares, parks and cemeteries, in public buildings such as churches and decorating facades everywhere. Thanks to the support of the Ekkart fonds, the RKD and the Beelden aan Zee Museum/Sculpture Institute are this summer able to start a large-scale research and exhibition project focusing on these sculptures and their makers with the aim of mapping this forgotten corner of Dutch cultural heritage.
Dr. Hanna Klarenbeek
The RKD (Netherlands Institute for Art History) is the world’s leading information centre and central source for the study of Dutch art.