Charles Ricketts

Mother and Child

c.1905–10

Medium
Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions
Object: 229 x 89 x 121 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917
Reference
N03188

Display caption

Like Ricketts's 'Orpheus and Eurydice', displayed alongside, this small bronze shows the influence of Rodin's work. The intimacy of the subject and the dappled modelling of the surface both follow his example. Ricketts had seen Rodin's sculpture in Paris in 1890, and met him in 1903, when Rodin visited London as President of the International Society of Artists.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N03188 MOTHER AND CHILD c. 1905–10

Inscr. ‘CR’ in monogram l. back of seat.
Bronze, 9×3 1/4×4 7/8 (25×9×12), on a wooden base, 2 1/2×4 3/4×6 (7×11×15).
Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1917.
Coll: Presented to the C.A.S. by a member of the Committee 1911.
Exh: (?) C.A.S., First Public Exhibition in London, Goupil Gallery, April 1913 (157), as ‘Bronze Statuette’.

Ricketts began working as a sculptor about 1905, obviously under the influence of Rodin, who became President of the International Society in 1904.

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