- Henri Gaudier-Brzeska 1891–1915
- Object: 635 x 216 x 222 mm
- Presented by Hanover Gallery 1960
T00365 GARDEN ORNAMENT 1914
Plaster on wooden base, 25×8 1/2×8 3/4 (63·5×21·5×22).
Presented by the Hanover Gallery 1960.
Coll: Estate of Sophie Brzeska; purchased by H. S. Ede; sold to the Hanover Gallery 1957.
Exh: Temple Newsam, Leeds, June–August 1943 (81); Beaux Arts Gallery, October–November 1954 (72).
Lit: Ede, 1930, p.206.
The composition appears to be based on the marble ‘Water-carrier’, formerly in the John Quinn Collection, reproduced Pound, 1916, pl.11. The figure is still further simplified and treated symmetrically. It was probably one of two garden ornaments commissioned by Lady Hamilton through the Omega Workshops to be cut in stone, but was not completed before the artist left for the Front. Three bronze casts were made by the Hanover Gallery, one of which belongs to H. S. Ede, who also owns the companion piece and has had it cast in lead.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I