N04202 THYRSIS 1912
Inscr. ‘J Havard Thomas [indistinctly] MCMXII’ on top of base.
Wood and black wax, 66 1/4×27 5/8×15 5/8 (168·25×70·5×39·75), including base, 22 3/8×15 5/8×1 1/2 (57×39·75×4).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund with the aid of subscriptions from Lord Duveen and Vernon Wethered 1926.
Coll: Purchased by the N.A.C.F. from the artist's widow 1926.
Exh: R.A., 1912 (1990); Leicester Galleries, April–May 1922 (56).
There are three bronze casts in addition to N05958 below: one at Johannesburg Art Gallery, another at Manchester City Art Gallery, and a third at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. The Johannesburg version is signed and dated ‘J. Havard Thomas sculp. MCMXIII’ and was presented to the Gallery by Sir Max Michaelis. The Manchester version was exhibited at the R.A., 1914 (2185), is signed and dated ‘J. Havard Thomas, Sc. MCMXIV’, and was purchased by Manchester direct from the artist. The Melbourne version is similarly signed and dated - ‘I. Havard Thomas, MCMXIV’ - and was commissioned from the artist by the Trustees of the Felton Bequest, following the exhibition of the wax at the Royal Academy in 1912.
The arms were detached when N05958 was cast in 1948.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II