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

Sir Alfred Gilbert

(British, 1854-1934)

Bronze with brown and lighter brown patination
Height: 14 1/16'' (35.7 cm)

Conceived 1892-1898 and cast circa 1920


Provenance:

Fine Art Society

Ann Scholefield, Alnmouth

Purchased by one of Gilbert’s grandsons (1951)

Private English collection

In 1892 Gilbert was commissioned to design the Memorial for Lord Arthur Russell (1825-1892) a politician of the Liberal party. Together with the Clarence Tomb, this was one of Gilbert’s most important commissions, taking over eight years for the sculptor to complete.

The Memorial was eventually installed in 1900 at the Bedford family chapel at St Michael’s Church, Chenies, in Buckinghamshire. It took the form of a candle stick over 9.5 m tall, which featured four bronze figures mounted on an elaborate knop placed half-way up the structure.

The four figures Gilbert devised were those of Faith, Hope, Charity and Courage. In this context, the first three represent the traditional Christian theological virtues, while Courage a cardinal one. The figures acted as sculptural representations of the character of Lord Russell himself.

Only the present three models were conceived specifically for the monument. In fact, the different finish and style of the figure of Courage suggests that Gilbert derived this model from an earlier design originally intended for the Tomb to the Duke of Clarence. This was never cast for the collectors’ market. The present models were cast during the 1920s and sold through the Fine Art Society, who by this point had the sole rights to reproduce Gilbert’s work.

The present statuettes belonged for a period of time to one of Gilbert’s grandsons.

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