Sir Charles Wheeler
Spring 1929–30

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Sir Charles Wheeler 1892–1974
Date 1929–30
Medium Bronze on stone base
Dimensions Object: 1626 x 1308 x 648 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1930
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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