Sir Charles Wheeler

Spring

1929–30

Artist
Sir Charles Wheeler 1892–1974
Medium
Bronze on stone base
Dimensions
Object: 1626 x 1308 x 648 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1930
Reference
N04548

Not on display

Display caption

The model was Marguerite Kelsey who sat to Meredith Frampton in 1928. Wheeler was a painter and sculptor who exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy summer exhibition from 1914 to 1970. 'Spring' was shown at the 1930 summer exhibition. She holds a seed in her right hand symbolising her personification. Flowers bloom in relief on her feet and are indented on the rest of her body. Wheeler discovered the model at an evening sketch class and said that she brought spring into his studio when it was midwinter. Other sculptures by Wheeler include the Jellicoe Memorial Fountain in Trafalgar Square and figures on the Bank of England building. He was President of the Royal Academy 1956-66.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N04548 SPRING 1929–30

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 64×51 1/2×25 1/2 (162·5×131×65), including base 1×14 3/4×17 1/8 (2·5×110×43·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1930.
Exh: R.A., 1930 (1630).
Repr: Souvenir catalogue, Open Air Exhibition of Sculpture, Battersea Park, May–September 1948, p.32; Iskusstvo, Moscow, No.8, 1959, p.54.

Another bronze cast made at the same time is still (1963) in the artist's possession. A modified version of the head was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1934 (1581) and is reproduced in Royal Academy Illustrated, 1934, p.120.

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