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N02265 ARIADNE 1908
White marble, 41×56×16 (104×142×41).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1908.
Exh: R.A., 1908 (1820).
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1908, p.153; Connoisseur, XLIV, 1916, p.211.
Completed just in time for the Academy exhibition of 1908, though the preliminary sketch in clay was made some years before. The idea of the subject, the deserted Ariadne in despair, came at a time when the artist was feeling much in despair himself (letter, based on information given by the artist, from his niece Mrs Clare M. Shepherd, 16 April 1959).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II