Sir Bertram Mackennal

Diana Wounded


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Sir Bertram Mackennal 1863–1931
Object: 1473 × 819 × 622 mm
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1908

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The Australian sculptor Mackennal came to London aged nineteen to study at the Royal Academy Schools, and went from there to work briefly under Rodin in Paris. He made sculpture for war memorials and public buildings in London and Australia. He was knighted in 1921, after designing the tomb of Edward VII. Diana was the moon Goddess, so Mackennal gave her a crescent moon in her hair. She also hunted, hence 'Diana Wounded' ties a bandage to her leg. This action enabled Mackennal to show off a complicated turning pose. Edwardian architects worked well with sculptors such as Mackennal whose confident and Baroque style matched their buildings. Skill in making convincing and varied figures was essential for architectural work.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N02266 DIANA WOUNDED c. 1907

Inscr. ‘MacKennal’ on left side of base.
Marble, 58×32 1/4×24 1/2 (147·5×82×62).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1908.
Exh: (?) R.A., 1907 (1841), as ‘Diana Wounded’; R.A., 1908 (1974), as ‘Diana’.
Lit: Eric G. Underwood, A Short History of English Sculpture, 1933, pp.125–6,
Repr: Art Journal, 1908, p.169; Royal Academy Pictures, 1908, p.141.

A small version in bronze was exhibited at the R.A., 1906 (1648), and again in the Summer Exhibition, Second Portion, New Gallery, 1909 (195); it is reproduced in Art Journal, 1909, p.255. The exhibit at the R.A. in 1907 was probably the plaster from which was made the marble exhibited the following year.

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

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