Sir William Reid Dick
Dawn 1921

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Date 1921
Medium Marble
Dimensions Object: 248 x 140 x 178 mm, 9.3 kg
Acquisition Presented by Sir Charles and Lady Tennyson in memory of their son Lieutenant Penrose Tennyson, RNVR 1942
Not on display

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This sensitive carving of a head of a sleeping infant creates an illusion of softness without attempting to deny the hardness of the marble. The roughly-textured base serves to remind us that we are encountering a material object, while at the same the head conveys an uncanny sense of human presence.

The emergence of the head from its base serves to enshrine the baby, suggesting new life while also hinting at death. Dick also produced a smaller version of this subject in bronze.

September 2004

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