Catalogue entry

N01755 A BOY AT PLAY c. 1895
 
Inscr. ‘W. Goscombe John’ on back of base.
Bronze, 51 1/4×31 1/4×41 3/4 (130×79·5×106), on a Verdi di Prato marble base, 2 1/4×16×43 3/4 (5·5×40·5×111).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1896.
Exh: R.A., 1896 (1811).
Lit: M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.130, repr. p.131 (the plaster).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1895, p.195 (the plaster, wrongly described as a marble); Tate Gallery Illustrations, 1928, pl.120.

First exhibited in plaster at the R.A. in 1895 (1711).

The boy balancing himself on his left foot reaches forward with his right to touch a knuckle-bone standing on end in front of him; he must recover his position behind the line which he toes without putting his foot to the ground.

Another bronze cast is in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, and there are smaller bronze versions at Manchester and Newport (Mon.).

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I