N03451 PSYCHE (?) c. 1908–19
Bronze, 69×20 1/2×15 3/4 (175×52×40), including base; the ‘grey patina’ recorded in earlier catalogues has disappeared completely.
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1919.
Exh: R.A., 1919 (1648); Works by the late Sir Hamo Thornycroft, R.A., and F. Derwent Wood, R.A., R.A., winter 1927 (81).
Lit: Anon., ‘Derwent Wood Memorial’ in Apollo, VIII, 1928, p.384.
Repr: W. T. Whitley, The Art Collections of the Nation (Studio Special Number), 1920, p.116.
A statue of ‘Psyche’, possibly the plaster, was exhibited in the R.A., 1908 (1976), and was a companion to ‘Atalanta’, R.A., 1907 (1839). A marble version of the latter was presented by the N.A.C.F. to the City Art Gallery, Manchester, in 1919, and a lead cast was set up as a memorial to the artist by the members of the Chelsea Arts Club on the west side of Albert Bridge, Chelsea Embankment (Apollo, loc. cit., repr.). Another bronze cast of ‘Psyche’ was purchased from the sculptor by the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, in 1920.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II