Signed E Onslow Ford
Bronze with light brown and green patina
Height: 30 1/2" (77.5 cm)
Conceived 1884 and this example cast circa 1890
The present sculpture (alternatively tilted Linos) is 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 cast (191 cm) was originally shown at the Royal academy in 1884.
Linus, 1884, bronze
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 - 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. In correlation with this custom, a 38 cm version was made, with a fig leaf to cover Linus’s modesty.
The current model is the midsize, 77.5 cm version, and is particularly rare.