Sir George Frampton Charles Keene 1896

Artwork details

Artist
Sir George Frampton 1860–1928
Title
Charles Keene
Date 1896
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 902 x 597 x 76 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1905
Reference
N01954
Not on display

Display caption

This relief is a memorial to the illustrator Charles Keene (1823–91). Keene was a popular cartoonist for the magazine Punch. The philanthropist Pasmore Edwards commissioned the sculpture for a new library in Shepherds Bush (1896), close to where Keene had lived. Frampton's design includes an inscription with lettering in an Art Nouveau style. The portrait is in low relief and was probably based on a photograph as it was made after Keene had died. The two weeping allegorical figures on protruding pedestals are sculptures in the round; the one on the left holds a figure of Mr Punch.

February 2010

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