SIR WILLIAM HAMO THORNYCROFT RA (1850-1925)
NEW SCULPTURE (1877-1914)

Teucer (England, 1881)

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Bronze, rich dark green and brown patination
Signed Hamo Thornycroft and dated 1881 and numbered 13

Dimensions

66.00cm high
(25.98 inches high)
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Provenance

Private collection, Cleveland, England.

Literature

Edmund Gosse, Our Living Artists, Hamo Thornycroft ARA, Magazine of Art, 1881, page 331-332.
Edmund Gosse, The New Sculpture, Arts Journal, 1894, pp. 199-202, plate p.199.
Elfrida Manning, Marble and Bronze. The Art and Life of Hamo Thornycroft, London and New Jersey, 1983, pp. 17 & 18, plates 2a & 2b.
Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1983, pp. 3, 147, 149, 156, 188, 189, 251, 259, 260, plate 140.

Description / Expertise

‘When his magnificent Teucer was discovered at the entrance to the Lecture Room, it shared, with the most remarkable of the pictures, an attention from the public which sculpture had long ceased to awaken.’ Thus wrote Edmund Gosse in the Art Journal 1894 on the extraordinary impact of Teucer when it was first shown at the Royal Academy in 1882.

In the early 1870’s the Royal Academy Schools were a barren place for sculptors. In spite of this, Hamo Thornycroft, the finest of the generation of sculptors in which Alfred Gilbert was to become pre-eminent, and his fellow students were an unusually talented group.

Teucer became a seminal and inspirational piece for the emerging movement, which Edmund Gosse called ‘The New Sculpture’.