Maurice Lambert

Homo Sapiens


Maurice Lambert 1901–1964
Bronze and stone
Object: 1353 x 521 x 762 mm
Presented anonymously 1937

Not on display

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Maurice Lambert was born in Paris, the son of the painter George Lambert and the brother of the composer Constant Lambert. Maurice was fascinated by the movements of animals and birds and spent much time studying them at London Zoo. He began to make sculpture incorporating the flight of birds as early as 1926 and he liked to mix different sculptural materials within a single work. 'Homo Sapiens' is a major example of Lambert's work and its subject is the harmony between man and the natural world, illustrated by the bird at the man's shoulder and the fish at his feet.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N04875 HOMO SAPIENS 1937
Inscr. ‘ML’ in monogram on fish.
Bronze figure, 53 1/4×20 1/2×30 (135×52×76), on stone column, 61 1/4 (156) high and 7 1/4 (18·5) diameter, and base, 3×14 1/2 (7·5×37).
Presented by an anonymous donor 1937.
Exh: Another cast: National Society, 1937 (456); the plaster: National Society, 1938 (414).

A second cast is in the possession of Mrs. J. B. Priestley.

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