Harry Bates

Sketch for War


Not on display

Harry Bates 1850–1899
Object: 546 × 267 × 89 mm
Presented by C.J. Knowles 1900

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This is the plaster model for a relief which was later cast in bronze. It represents a scene from Homer's 'Illiad'. The leader of the Trojan army, Hector, bids farewell to his wife and son as he leaves to fight the Greeks. Hector was killed by the Greek warrior Achilles, who dragged his body behind his chariot, a scene Bates shows below the main figures. This relief is one of a pair, its pendant taking the theme of Peace. Both the finished bronze reliefs are now in Manchester City Art Gallery.
Bates first studied sculpture in 1879 under Jules Dalou at Lambeth School of Art. Later he worked in Paris where he met Rodin and by whom he was much influenced, especially by his demonstration of the expressive energy of form.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N01783 SKETCH FOR ‘WAR’ 1887
Inscr. ‘Harry Bates fecit 1887’ t.r., and ‘Andromache’ and ‘Hector’ in Greek on either side of base under the figures.
Plaster bas-relief, 21 1/2×10 7/8×3 1/2 (55×27×9).
Presented by Mrs C. J. Knowles in the name of her husband 1900.

A sketch for the bronze, which was exhibited at the First Summer Exhibition, New Gallery, 1888 (318), and was later in the possession of Mrs Knowles. It represents Hector's departure from Andromache, who holds their child in her arms; below in low relief the body of Hector dragged behind the chariot of Achilles. The companion relief ‘Peace’ was also exhibited in the New Gallery, 1888 (317). In 1891 the artist showed a head of Mrs Knowles at the R.A. (1956).

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

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