Edward Onslow Ford
The Singer exhibited 1889

Artwork details

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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This Egyptian theme was unusual in Victorian sculpture. The technique is also unusual, as there are jewels set into the headdress. The base has imitation enamels, and the patina is a bright green. The figure was first displayed on a bronze column with a lotus flower capital. It is one of a series of statuettes of nudes that Ford made in the 1880s. Henry Tate bought this sculpture from Ford in March 1890 for 700 guineas, a large sum. The Singer and Leighton's Sluggard displayed nearby were the only sculptures included in the foundation gift from Sir Henry Tate in 1897.

April 2009