Edward Onslow Ford
Applause 1893

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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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Following the success of The Singer, displayed nearby, in 1893 Ford produced a companion Egyptian nude, Applause. The figure is clapping rhythmically, perhaps 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 which quotes from the ‘Song of the Harpist of Thebes’. The girl’s headdress is studded with semi-precious stones and decorated with enamel. The snakes are symbols of the Kingdoms and Upper and Lower Egypt. The quality of the casting is unrivalled, allowing precise detail and the suggestion of the surface of the model’s skin.

February 2010