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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 nineteenth century as the dehabilitating effects of malnourishment and tuberculosis became a cause for concern. Exercise was regarded as vital preventive measure. This is one of a number of sculptures Goscombe John created on this theme.

August 2004