Catalogue entry

N01758 FOLLY c. 1886
Not inscribed.
Bronze, 27 1/2×18×13 1/4 (70×46×34), on English Serpentine base, 7 1/2×7 1/2×7 (19×19×18).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1886.
Exh: R.A., 1886 (1925).
Lit: Marion Hepworth Dixon, ‘Onslow Ford, A.R.A.’ in Magazine of Art, 1892, p.238, repr. p.329; Edmund Gosse, ‘The New Sculpture, 1879–1894’ in Art Journal, 1894, p.282, repr. p.306; E. T. Cook, A Popular Handbook to the Tate Gallery, 1898, p.279; M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.55.

E. T. Cook (loc. cit.) described the figure as ‘insecurely poised on a dangerous rock, pointing to some chimera in the distance and [who] would persuade others to follow her and dangerously do likewise’.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I