James Havard Thomas

Castagnettes No. 2


Not on display

James Havard Thomas 1854–1921
Object: 337 × 267 × 135 mm
Bequeathed by Dr Bluett Duncan 1934

Catalogue entry

N04739 CASTAGNETTES NO. 2 1900

Inscr. ‘J. Havard Thomas Sc’ on top of base.
Bronze, 13 1/4×9 5/8×5 (34×24·5×13), including oval base, 3 1/4×5×4 1/8 (7·5×12·75×10·5).
Bequeathed by Dr Bluett Duncan 1934.
Coll: Purchased by Dr Bluett Duncan from the Leicester Galleries 1922.

Exh: (?) Carfax & Co., November 1909 (54), as ‘Castagnettes’; Leicester Galleries, April–May 1922 (48), as ‘Castagnettes, Bronze No. 2 1900.’

There is another cast at Manchester. The 1922 Memorial Exhibition also included another version of this subject, ‘Castagnettes, Bronze No. 1 1899’ (60), which was purchased by the National Gallery of Scotland; this may have been the work exhibited in 1909. It was with this figure that Havard Thomas began his experiments with wooden sections overlaid with black wax. The pose differs from that of the Tate statuette in that the right arm of the figure is held straight across the body, at right angles to the right thigh, and the body is in a more upright position.

Two drawings, both entitled ‘Man dancing with Castagnettes’, were Nos.3 and 32 in the Carfax Gallery exhibition, 1909. A drawing, ‘Man Dancing the Tarantella’, was No.64 in the 4th Exhibition of the Society of Twelve, 1908 (repr.), and was described as a study for a bas-relief ‘Music and Dancing’. This shows a clothed man dancing with castagnets in his hands, and in pose is similar to N04739 but rather less bent over in the middle; it is closer to ‘Castagnettes No. 1’.

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

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