N01750 PANDORA c. 1891
Inscr. ‘Harry Bates. Sc.’ on back of marble slab.
Marble, ivory and bronze, 37×20×29 (94×51×74), on marble base, 5×22×31 (13×56×79).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1891.
Exh: R.A., 1891 (2117).
Lit: E.T. Cook, A Popular Handbook to the Tate Gallery, 1898, p.275; E.J. Winter Johnson, ‘Mr Harry Bates, A.R.A.’ in The Artist, XX, 1897, p.586, repr. facing p.579.
According to Greek legend Pandora was the first woman on earth and released all human ills by opening the lid of a casket entrusted to her by the gods.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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