• Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Teucer - Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Teucer

Sir William Hamo Thornycroft

(English, 1850-1925)

Signed Hamo Thornycroft 1881 and signed again in ink on the interior of the base Hamo Thornycroft 1889
Bronze, with rich dark green patination
Height: 31" (79 cm)

Conceived around 1881 and cast in 1889


The life-size plaster for Teucer was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1881. The bronze was exhibited a year later and subsequently purchased for the Tate by the Trustees of the Chancery Bequest. In light of the sculpture’s success, Thornycroft cast the work in three further sizes: 79cm, 55cm and 33cm.

In 1880 Thornycroft had the idea for a number of small sculptures ‘illustrative of English Games’, beginning with his model of an athlete Putting the Stone. The series was never completed, but in the present work we see the sculptor combining sporting imagery with the classical mythology of ancient Greece.

According to Homer’s epic poem The Iliad, which recounts the final year of the Trojan War, Teucer was a formidable Greek archer who entered Troy in the Trojan Horse. Once inside Troy, Teucer tried in vain to kill the Trojan prince Hector, who was protected by the god Apollo.

The following passage was printed in the Royal Academy Catalogue which accompanied the exhibition of the work:

“Since, rallying from our wall we forced the foe, Still aimed at Hector have I bent my bow; Eight arrows from this hand have ed, And eight bold heroes by their points lie dead: But sure some God denies me to destroy this fury of the eld, this dog of Troy.”

Thornycroft depicts the archer having just released his last arrow, captured in a moment of intense concentration as he watches it fly towards its target. The tension of the figure’s arm and tautness of the bow is clearly evocative of Leighton’s earlier Athlete Struggling with a Python. Yet, Thornycroft’s use of the right-angled form is revolutionary and does not disrupt the model’s perfect balance.

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