N01757 GRISELDA 1896
Inscr. ‘A. Drury 1896’ b.r.
Bronze, 21×19×10 (53×48×25).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1896.
Exh: R.A., 1896 (1836).
Lit: E. T. Cook, A Popular Handbook to the Tate Gallery, 1898, p.279; M. H. Spielmann, British Sculpture and Sculptors of To-day, 1901, p.114, repr. p.113.
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1896, p.83.
Griselda is the heroine of one of Boccaccio's stories, Decameron, Day X, novel 10. A poor country girl, she was chosen by the Marquis of Saluzzo to be his wife, but in order to try her patience he removed her children and sent her back to her father's cottage for many years before finally reinstating her. The cherub on the base is a symbol of her hidden love.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I