James Havard ThomasLycidas 1902-8

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Artist
James Havard Thomas (1854‑1921)
Title
Lycidas
Date 1902-8
MediumBronze
Dimensionsobject: 1613 x 832 x 521 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Sir Michael and Lady Sadler through the Art Fund 1911
Reference
N02763
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1890

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Lycidas was the title of John Milton’s poem about the drowning of a young shepherd. Thomas shows him watching nymphs bathing in a stream. He modelled this life-size nude from his servant Antonio during the time he lived in southern Italy. The sculpture was sent to the Royal Academy for exhibition in 1905, but was rejected for appearing too ordinary and life-like. Following a public scandal, it was shown instead at the New Gallery. Lycidas was subsequently cast in bronze and presented to the Tate by Sir Michael Sadler, a well-known collector of modern art.

February 2010

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