- Marble on onyx base
- Object: 267 x 641 x 229 mm weight 55.6kg
- Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1897
N01759 THE NYMPH OF LOCH AWE 1897
Inscr. ‘F.W. Pomeroy Sc-1897’ at back on l.
Marble, including plinth of Mexican onyx, 10 1/2×25 1/4×9 (26×64×23).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1897.
Exh: R.A., 1897 (1980); R.A., Late Members, winter 1933 (803).
Lit: M.H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-Day, 1901, pp.116–17, repr.; Kineton Parkes, Sculpture of To-Day, 1921, I, pp.100–1.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1897, p.85; Art Journal, 1897, p. 184.
An old legend explains the origin of Loch Awe as follows: a nymph was set to watch a magic well and to see that the water did not rise above a certain height; she fell asleep, the water rose, and she was drowned.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
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