• Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Victory - Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Victory

Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Bronze with brown and light-brown patina
Height: 7” (17.8 cm)

Conceived circa 1887, cast circa 1900


Provenance
Private collection, UK


In 1887 Gilbert sculpted the Queen Victoria Jubilee Memorial, which is now in the Great Hall at Winchester Castle. He exhibited the full sized plaster at the Royal Academy a year later. The present work is a reduction of the figure of Victory, which stands on the royal orb, held by Queen Victoria, in the monument.

Unfortunately for Gilbert, the original model of victory was broken off and stolen from the monument when it was first unveiled at Winchester Town Hall. The damage was perceived as a protest not against the Queen or Gilbert, but rather against William Ingham Whitaker, who had funded the monument and was unpopular with the public at the time. Thankfully the figure was recovered and restored by Gilbert and the monument was eventually moved from the Town Hall to the Great Hall at Winchester castle, where it remains to this day.

The figure of Victory is influenced by images of the Ancient Greek Goddess Nike, particularly the Winged Victory of Samothrace, which was discovered in the mid 19th Century and installed in the Louvre.

The reduction of Victory was cast in several sizes, the present being the smallest and most popular. Gilbert gave examples of the model to a number of friends, including John Singer Sargent, Seymour Lucas, Henry Irving and Mark Senior.

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