Sir William Goscombe John
A Boy at Play c.1895

Artwork details

A Boy at Play
Date c.1895
Medium Bronze on stone base
Dimensions Object: 1415 x 850 x1110 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1896
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1900

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A young boy is here playing a game of knuckles. The level of poise and skill required is demonstrated by his naked figure which is perfectly balanced to complete the task. The ideal body type, as created by Goscombe John, became increasingly important during the late 19th century as the debilitating effects of malnourishment and tuberculosis became a cause for concern. Exercise was regarded as a vital preventative measure. This is one of a number of sculptures Goscombe John created on the theme.

February 2016

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