Gilbert Ledward

Monolith

exhibited 1936

Medium
Limestone
Dimensions
Object: 1540 x 320 x 320 mm, 400 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1936
Reference
N04840

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Gilbert Ledward was the son of the sculptor Richard Ledward. He studied at both the Royal College of Art and the Royal Academy Schools and won the first British School of Rome Scholarship in Sculpture in 1913. He served with the Royal Artillery during the First World War and from 1919 on executed many war memorials in towns throughout Britain. The low relief carving on all four sides of this Monolith was inspired by the low relief work of the Italian Renaissance sculptor Agostino di Duccio, particularly his monument to Sigismondo Malatesta in the Cathedral at Rimini.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N04840 MONOLITH c. 1936
 
Not inscribed.
Roman stone, 60 1/2×12 1/4×12 3/4 (153·5×31×32·5), carved in low relief on all four sides.
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1936.
Exh: R.A., 1936 (1591).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1936, p.125.

Carved direct in the block as a result of seeing Agostino di Duccio's monument of Sigismondo Malatesta and Isotta in the Tempio, Rimini, and reading Adrian Stokes's study of this in his Stones of Rimini (letter from the sculptor, 4 January 1956).

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

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