Warrior Bearing a Wounded Youth from the Field of Battle
Sir W. Hamo Thornycroft, R. A. (1850-1925)
Bronze, dark brown patination
Inscribed "H. Thornycroft, Art Union of London, 1877 Cox & son founders."
27 inches (68.5 cm.)
Leighton House Museum
"Warrior Bearing a Wounded Youth from the Field of Battle was awarded the Roya1 Academy's gold medal for sculpture in December of 1876 after it was exhibited that same year at the Summer Exhibition. The bronze original was at once acquired by the Art Union of London to be included in its list of future prizes, in the form of limited edition cast reductions.
"There can be no doubt that the Art Union's action, so early in Thornycroft's career, inspired his interest and passion for producing work in the form of bronze reductions. Evident in this piece is Thornycroft's desire to present movement in his work, creating a moment in time rather than an idealised portrayal." — Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture, 108
Photograph and text by courtesy Robert Bowman.