Saturday, February 03, 2007

Fishing in the Clyde

The Times on 3rd February 2007 reports that fishermen have discovered a marble bust by the Italian sculptor Rinaldo Rinaldi, whilst fishing off the West Coast of Scotland.

The Times reports:

"It was a bitterly cold day on the Firth of Clyde and their catch was looking poor until the surprising moment when three fishermen pulled up a 19th-century Italian sculpture, valued at up to £45,000.

Hector Stewart, skipper of the Eyedent, went out last Tuesday with James Turner and Sean D’Arcy, to scrabble in the seabed for sand gapers, a clam-like shellfish.

At eight o’clock on the chilly morning, the water looked particulary uninviting, but it was Mr Turner’s turn to go, so he dropped overboard in his diving suit and swam for the bottom.

He was carrying a hose connected to a water pump on the boat, which the fishermen use to blow aside the sand and reveal the shells. Almost immediately he came up against what he thought was a large rock.

Mr Turner tried to work around it but, blowing silt from one side, he saw the outline of a necklace.

There was one clue that it ought not to serve as a garden gnome. On the back of the bust was an inscription: “Rinaldo Rinaldi 7 Roma 1869.”"

Full story at,,2-2582168,00.html

Rinaldo Rinaldi (Padova 1793-Roma 1873) was a pupil of Canova while in Venice. His style and works closely approximate that of his teacher. He was briefly imprisoned by the Papal Government on charges of sedition.

A picture of one of his sculptures is below.

Rinaldo Rinaldi (Roma 1793- Roma 1873)
“ Portrait of a Gentlewoman”
White Carrara Marble
Total height cm. 65, Without pedestal cm.52.