N01766 THE GIRDLE 1898
Inscr. ‘W. R. Colton 1898’ on top of base, at back on right side.
Bronze, 50 3/4×37×29 (129×94×74).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1899.
Exh: R.A., 1899 (2056).
Lit: M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.144, plaster model repr. p.145; W. T. Whitley, ‘W. Robert Colton, A.R.A.’ in Art Journal, 1911, p.177, repr. p.182; Herbert Maryon, Modern Sculpture, 1933, p.95.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1898, p.114 (the plaster model).
On the evidence of a photograph published in Royal Academy Pictures, 1898, this work appears to have been first exhibited at the R.A., 1898 (1963), as a plaster model, although the medium is not described either in the catalogue or in the illustrated supplement. A bronze statuette was in the R.A., 1903 (1808).
The sculptor's daughter, Mrs Kerr, wrote (9 December 1956) that this was a composite work, several models having been used. She owned a marble version, slightly smaller than life-size (43 in. high), which was at the Beaux Arts Gallery in 1929.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I