Edward Onslow Ford
Applause 1893

Artwork details

Edward Onslow Ford 1852–1901
Date 1893
Medium Bronze, silver, enamel and semi-precious stones
Dimensions 670 x 250 x 390 mm
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Teresa Fairchild in appreciation of her great-uncle Mr Clinton Thomas Dent, MC, FRCS, who commissioned this work 2008

On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

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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.

February 2016