F. Derwent Wood [title not known] 1916

Artwork details

Artist
F. Derwent Wood 1871–1926
Title
[title not known]
Date 1916
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 255 x 105 x 95 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs Derwent Wood 1946
Reference
N05649
Not on display

Display caption

These eight maquettes (small preparatory models) were made for a statue of the eighteenth-century artist, Sir Joshua Reynolds, for the courtyard of Royal Academy’s home, Burlington House, in London’s Piccadilly. Only two sculptors, Derwent Wood and Alfred Drury, were invited to submit proposals. These studies by Wood show Reynolds in various poses, invariably holding a palette and painting brush, the tools of his profession.

In the end the commission was given to Alfred Drury. The statue was put in place in 1931 and still stands outside the Royal Academy.

September 2004

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