“The Prodigal Son” by William Theed

The Prodigal Son

William Theed, Junior (1804-1891)

Source: 1851 Art-Journal

“We do not remember ever to have seen, prior to the exhibition of Mr. Theed's work at the Royal Academy lost year, any attempt to render this eloquent subject in sculpture; it is one eminently calculated to be thus produced, as well from the nature of the incident, as for the capability it affords for picturesque and dramatic grouping. It has frequently occurred to us, that modern sculptors possess a decided advantage over ancient, in having a wider field open before them,” by a more extended education, and a more intimate acquaintance with sacred and profane history, to which they may refer for subjects.”

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