Edward Onslow Ford

Applause

1893

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
Edward Onslow Ford 1852–1901
Medium
Bronze, silver, enamel and semi-precious stones
Dimensions
670 x 250 x 390 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Mrs Teresa Fairchild in appreciation of her great-uncle Mr Clinton Thomas Dent, MC, FRCS, who commissioned this work 2008
Reference
T12622

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The Egyptian style of this work reflects a 19th century fascination with the East encouraged by easier travel via railways and steamships and new archaeological discoveries. Following the success of The Singer, in 1893 Ford produced a companion, Applause. The figure is clapping while music or dance is performed. Ford researched his Egyptian symbols carefully and around the base are ancient Egyptian deities in silver and an inscription from the ‘Song of the Harpist of Thebes’. The snakes are symbols of the kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt.

Gallery label, February 2016

Further reading

Article

The Singer exhibited 1889 and Applause 1893 by Edward Onslow Ford

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