James Havard Thomas

Thyrsis

1912

On display at Tate Britain

Artist
James Havard Thomas 1854–1921
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 1683 x 702 x 397 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1948
Reference
N05958

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James Havard Thomas studied sculpture in Bristol, London and Paris. He then lived and worked in Italy from 1899-1906. He was appointed tutor in Sculpture at the Slade School of Art, London, in 1911 and made first Professor of Sculpture there in 1915. He worked in a realistic manner which began to appear somewhat old fashioned in contemporary art circles just prior to the First World War. The figure of Thyrsis appears in the writings of Virgil, the celebrated 1st century BC Latin poet. Thyrsis was a shepherd who sang and played the flute. He took part in a singing contest with another shepherd called Corydon, and Corydon was judged the winner.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N05958 THYRSIS 1912/1948

Inscr. ‘J Havard Thomas [indistinctly] MCMXII’ on top of base.
Bronze, 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).

Cast from N04202 by order of the Trustees of the Tate Gallery 1948.


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

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