Alfred Drury
Griselda 1896

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Alfred Drury 1856–1944
Date 1896
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 533 x 483 x 254 mm. Weight 34kg (approx)
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1896
Not on display

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This portrait in bronze reflects Drury’s skill in its lively modelling of the face, and is a new working of Italian Renaissance traditions. It is titled Griselda after the heroine of the Decameron (1358), a story of faithful love by the Italian author Boccaccio. The costume and the way that the bust length is cut straight across are all indebted to Renaissance sculpture. The cherub on the base is a symbol of Griselda’s hidden love. Drury was a pupil of the French sculptor Dalou, who taught at the South Kensington Schools in London in the 1870s. In the 1880s Drury went to Paris to work with Dalou.

February 2010

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