This sculpture shows the figure of Eve, the first woman in Abrahamic religions, including Christianity, Islam and Judaism. She was traditionally presented as a sensual figure and associated with temptation, but is shown here deep in thought. Her head is bowed and her left arm is placed protectively across her chest, as if in shame. The sculpture was admired in Paris; critics praised its combination of naturalism and spiritualism, as well as its subtlety in modelling and expression of feeling. Brock sculpted many public monuments, including the Victoria Monument outside Buckingham Palace.
Gallery label, October 2020
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