William Robert Colton
The Girdle 1898

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The Girdle
Date 1898
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1289 x 940 x 737 mm, 275 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1899
Not on display

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Colton trained under William Silver Frith, the pupil and successor of Dalou at Lambeth School of Art. He was heavily indebted to the French style of sculpture, and female nudes, lovers and children dominated his output.
'The Girdle' was bought for the nation when it was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1898, and it became Colton's most well known work. The subject of a woman tying a ribbon around her torso is a tenous one, and is instead an opportunity for Colton to celebrate the sensuous grace of the nude.

August 2004

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