Warrior Bearing a Wounded Youth from the Field of Battle. Sir W. Hamo Thornycroft, R. A. (1850-1925). 1879. Bronze, dark brown patination, 28” high x 12 ½” wide and 12” deep on self-base. Private collection. Inscribed "EXECUTED IN BRONZE” by J. H. HATFIELD. FOR THE ART-UNION OF LONDON. 1879 FROM THE ORIGINAL” by HAMO.THORNYCROFT." [Click on images to enlarge them.]

Warrior Bearing a Wounded Youth from the Field of Battle was awarded the Roya1 Academy's gold medal for sculpture in December of 1876 a&er 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

Related material


Beattie, Susan. The New Sculpture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983.

Bowman, Robert. Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008.

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