N03153 THE KISS 1916
Inscr. ‘H. Thornycroft Sc. 1916’ on base.
Marble, 70×23 1/2×34 (178×60×86) including base.
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1916.
Exh: R.A., 1916 (1939).
Repr: Kineton Parkes, Sculpture of To-Day, 1921, 1, facing pp.68 and 69 (side and back views).
A ‘full size original model of the group’ was lent by Lady Thornycroft to the Royal Academy Memorial Exhibition of 1927 (122). This was in plaster and is now destroyed. An entry in Thornycroft's diary dated ‘Sunday night, April 2 1916’ reads: ‘This evening at my studio I finished carving my group of Mother and Child (“The Kiss” I think I shall call it). For months I've been carving at the marble, the loveliest one my chisel ever cut, & am quite sorry the statue will be out of my reach tomorrow. It goes to the R.A. I am generally glad to get rid of a work, but not this!’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II