Bust of Ernest Solvay

Made:
1913
Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention

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Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bust of Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured for the 50th anniversary of his invention
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Bust of Ernest Solvay, bronze, and marble plinth incised with his name, manufactured in 1913 for the 50th anniversary of the industrial process that takes his name, likely made by Belgian sculptor Victor Rousseau.

This bust depicts the Belgian chemist and industrialist, Ernest Solvay, who in 1863 pioneered a new industrial process for manufacturing soda ash (sodum carbonate), vital for soap, glass, textile and paper industries. Solvay's method, still in use in the 21st century, generated very little waste and pollution, vastly improving envrionmental conditions around factories that adopted his method.

The bust was likely made by the Belgium sculptor Victor Rousseau, in 1913, to commemorate the anniversary of the invention of the Solvay process. The bust formerly belonged to Imperial Chemical Industry's Mond Division, which has its origins in the first Solvay factory outside of Belgium - established in 1872 at the unlikely site of a country estate in Winnington, Northwich, England, by a British and German business duo John Brunner and Ludwig Mond.

The bust is visually similar to a statue of Solvay by Victor Rousseau, that stands in front of the original Solvay factory in Brussels.

Details

Category:
Industrial Chemistry
Object Number:
1986-1139
Materials:
bronze, gilding and marble
Measurements:
plinth: 98 x 297 x 300 mm
type:
portrait bust
credit:
ICI Mond Division (Archives)