Morpheus by William Goscombe John, 1860-1952. 1890. Bronze. 166.4 cm. Collection: Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd [National Museum of Wales, Cardiff] Accession number: NMW A 380. Gift of the artist. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]

“This sculpture sympathetically explores the physical changes of old age, the loosening of the muscles of the face and neck, the prominent nose and cheekbones, and thinning hair. As the title suggests, it is not intended as a portrait, but as a reflection of our common humanity. The model was his wife's mother Clara Weiss” (Museum label).

Photographs by Robert Freidus. formatting by George P. Landow. Readers of the Victorian Web may wish to visit the Museum website.]

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