Mortimer Brown Shepherd Boy 1911

Artwork details

Artist
Mortimer Brown 1874–1966
Title
Shepherd Boy
Date 1911
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1580 x 530 x 536 mm, 150 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1912
Reference
N02896
Not on display

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Brown was a pupil of Sir Hamo Thornycroft. The realistic depiction of the figure and the subject of agricultural labour was possibly influenced by Thornycroft's The Mower (shown in room 16)

The boy holds a long staff with which to guide the sheep, and yet is clearly distracted from his duties. His youthfulness is evident from his tiny frame and awkward pose. The sculpture was made at a time when there were concerns in the countryside about the decline of the agricultural labour force, as workers left the fields and sought prosperity in the cities.

August 2004

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