George Havard Thomas

Aphrodite

c.1928–30

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Not on display

Artist
George Havard Thomas 1893–1933
Medium
Limestone
Dimensions
Object: 883 x 273 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1934
Reference
N04767

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The artist's father, James Havard Thomas, was the first Professor of Sculpture at the Slade School of Art from 1915 until his death in 1921. George worked with his father, studied at the Slade School and became Assistant Lecturer there in 1920. He had a studio in London and exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1919 until his early death. Aphrodite is another name for the goddess Venus, who is usually shown rising from the sea when represented in paintings, and preparing for her bath when carved in stone.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

N04767 APHRODITE c. 1928–30

Inscr. ‘G. Havard Thomas 1930’ t.l. of base.
Bianco del mare, 34 3/4×10 3/4×9 1/2 (88×27·5×24).
Purchased from the artist's widow (Grant-in-Aid) 1934.
Exh: R.A., 1930 (1591).

The artist's widow has recalled that the work was probably begun about 1928; the inscribed date of 1930 must therefore denote the date of completion (letter of 14 February 1958).

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

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