Edward Onslow Ford
The Singer exhibited 1889

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Edward Onslow Ford 1852–1901
The Singer
Date Exhibited 1889
Medium Bronze, coloured resin paste and semi-precious stones
Dimensions Object: 902 x 216 x 432 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir Henry Tate 1894
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

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The Singer describes a Western fantasy of the East; the trance-like pose expresses a myth of ancient societies more in touch with beauty and mysticism. The unusual bronze technique, incorporating imitation jewels and enamels, enhances the decorative effect. As the figure pulls back the strings of the instrument and sings she appeals to our sense of hearing as well as sight. Henry Tate bought this sculpture from Ford for 700 guineas, a large sum. It and Frederic Leighton’s Sluggard 1885 were the only sculptures included in his foundation gift in 1897.

February 2016