N01762 DIONYSOS (?) 1890–91
Inscr. ‘ΔIÓNYΣOΣ’ on front of base and ‘F. W. Pomeroy, sc/91’ at back of base on r.
Bronze, 32 1/2×12 1/2×15 (82×31×38).
Presented by Henry J. Pfungst 1898.
Lit: Edmund Gosse, ‘The New Sculpture, 1879–1894’ in Art Journal, 1894, p.308, (?) the plaster repr. p.310; M.H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-Day, 1901, p.116.
Repr: (?) the plaster: Studio, XV, 1899, p.84; R.B.S., Modern British Sculpture, n.d. (1939), p.79.
In 1890 Pomeroy exhibited at the R.A. a ‘Dionysos-statuette’ (2080) which may well have been the plaster from which this bronze was subsequently cast. According to Gosse, loc. cit., the original plaster lacked the foliage which serves as a fig-leaf in the bronze, but the reproductions listed above, in which this feature is present, seem to be of a plaster. Another cast, signed and dated 1909, is in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II