Edward Onslow Ford Folly exhibited 1886

Artwork details

Artist
Edward Onslow Ford 1852–1901
Title
Folly
Date Exhibited 1886
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 887 x 415 x 330 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1886
Reference
N01758
Not on display

Display caption

Onslow Ford was an innovator. Here he rejected classical subject matter and conventions of ideal beauty and presented the embodiment of Folly as a pubescent girl poised precariously on the edge of a dangerous rock. Ford’s casting allows enormous detail and a sensuous surface. It was made using the lost-wax process – casting bronze in a mould taken from a detailed wax model. The artist even pressed strands of animal hair into the wax to create the effect of a tangled mop. Such attention to surface detail led critics to complain that the work was too life-like to be acceptable as sculpture.

February 2010

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