Arthur G Walker

Christ at the Whipping Post

exhibited 1925

On display at Tate Britain

Medium
Ivory and marble
Dimensions
Object: 584 x 229 x 178 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1925
Reference
N04101

Display caption

Walker produced numerous sculptures on religious themes both in Britain and the USA and was a prolific maker of war memorials. His best known work is the memorial to Florence Nightingale in London’s Waterloo Place. The subject here – the Flagellation of Christ – stems from the Bible and was common in Western European art. The use of chryselephantine (ivory and stone) might have seemed old-fashioned, being a popular technique in the 1800s especially among Art Nouveau artists. The image of Christ’s suffering may well have had contemporary resonances.

Gallery label, September 2016

Catalogue entry

N04101 CHRIST AT THE WHIPPING POST c. 1925

Not inscribed.
Ivory and marble, 23×9×7 (58·5×23×18) including base 2 1/2 (6·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1925.
Exh: R.A., 1925 (1413).
Lit: Kineton Parkes, The Art of Carved Sculpture, 1931, I, p.97.


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

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