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.
Spielmann, loc. cit., points out that the piece is ‘very similar in sentiment and arrangement to M. Dennis Puech's high relief of “Nymphe de la Seine”, exhibited in the Salon in 1895’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II