Signed E Onslow Ford
Bronze with a light brown patination
Height: 30 1/2" (77.5 cm)
Conceived 1884. This cast circa 1890
Also known as Linos, the sculpture by Edward Onslow Ford was based on the son of Apollo, and the God of Melody and Rhythm.
There is a single full size version in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Liverpool.
This large scale version (191 cm) was originally shown at the Royal academy in 1884. Although the sculptor had made his debut in 1875, it was this work which signalled the beginning of his career as one of the foremost artists of the New Sculpture movement. Indeed 1884 represented an important year for sculpture in Britain, in particular for full-sized, bronze statues of youthful male nudes, many of which you have in your collection - represented at the Royal Academy that year by Ford’s Linus, Alfred Gilbert’s Icarus, Hamo Thornycroft’s Mower, and Auguste Rodin’s The Age of Bronze.
As with many other large scale models by Gilbert, Thornycroft and Onslow Ford, a series of statuettes were produced for the wider market.
I correlation with this custom, a 38 cm version is seen on the market once in a while - with a fig leaf to cover Linus’s modesty.
Our current model is the mid size, larger 77.5 cm version - much rarer. The last one on the market I’ve been able to find was sold over 20 years ago.