Frank Dobson
The Man Child 1921

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Frank Dobson 1888–1963
The Man Child
Date 1921
Medium Portland stone
Dimensions Object: 768 x 559 x 324 mm, 150 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1971
Not on display

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Dobson trained as both a painter and sculptor, but concentrated on sculpture after active service in the First World War. Like many of his contemporaries, he found inspiration for his work in the ethnographic collections of the British Museum. He particularly admired carvings from the Congo in Africa. Such interest in what had been considered ‘less civilised’ cultures became more widespread after the ‘sophisticated’ destruction of the war.Here, in the wake of conflict, Dobson returns to fundamental human relationships. The manchild of the title melds with two female figures who seem to embody maternal protection expressing both joy and fear for the new life.

July 2007

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