Charles Web Gilbert

The Critic

1916

Medium
Marble
Dimensions
Object: 406 x 254 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1917
Reference
N03220

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Australian sculptor Charles Web Gilbert began his career as a pastry chef. Encouraged by his skill in making cake decorations, he began to study fine art. He lived in London from 1914-20. When he returned to Australia, he made a large number of memorials to the dead of the First World War. This work is a portrait bust of the printmaker Stanley Anderson (1884-1966). Anderson is known for etchings and engravings of London and its surrounding area, which show ordinary people going about their everyday lives.

Charles Web Gilbert was born in Cockatoo, Victoria in Australia in 1867. He died in Melbourne in 1925.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Charles Web Gilbert 1869-1925

N03220 The Critic 1916

Inscribed 'C. Web. Gilbert | 1916' on l. side of base
White marble, 15 7/8 x 10 x 9 1/2 (40.5 x 25.5 x 23.5)
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1917
Exh: RA, London, May-August 1917 (1617); The Chantrey Collection, RA, London, January-March 1949 (376)
Repr: Art in Australia, No.3, 1917, n.p.; Graeme Sturgeon, The Development of Australian Sculpture 1788-1975 (London 1978), pl.46

A portrait of the engraver Stanley Anderson, CBE, RA, RE (1884-1966), who wrote: 'The head he clay-modelled during 1916 at his studio in Netherton Grove, Chelsea'. (Quoted in a letter from Sidney C. Hutchison, 9 May 1957).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.285, reproduced p.285

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