N04977 THE BROKEN SHRINE c. 1900 (?)
Inscr. ‘The Broken Shrine, Alfred Gilbert. Six copies were made, this is the 3rd.’ on back.
Bronze, 14×8×7 (36×20×18), on green marble base, 3×10×10 1/4 (7·5×25·5×26).
Presented by Maurice Yorke 1938.
Lit: Art Journal, 1901, p.253, the plaster repr.; Bury, 1952, p.75.
An anonymous writer in the Art Journal describes the sketch as ‘a thing wrought in an hour or two, probably without thought of exhibition, without other aim than to express an idea, a mood of the moment’. He goes on to interpret the theme of a woman seated with two infants in her lap as follows: ‘The figure of the Virgin above has been despoiled, hence the weary, half sorrowful attitude of the wayfarer whose arms enfold sleeping babes. The shrine of divine womanhood is shattered…