N02788 A ROYAL GAME 1906–11
Inscr. ‘Elizabeth of England’ b.l. and ‘Philip 11 of Spain’ b.r. on pedestal.
Bronze group with various metals and inlays, 94 3/4×91 3/4×38 1/2 (240·5×233×98).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1911.
Exh: R.A., 1911 (1751), as ‘A Royal Game - an allegory of the contest between England and Spain for the rule of the seas.’
Repr: Royal Academy Pictures, 1911, p.54; Studio, CXXXII, 1946, p.78.
Queen Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain playing chess with ships. A plaster version, with a simpler base, was exhibited at the R.A. in 1906 (1797) and is reproduced in Royal Academy Pictures, 1906, p.139, and Studio, XXXVIII, 1906, p.14.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
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