• The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • The Thorn - Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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The Thorn

Arthur George Walker

(British, 1861 - 1936)

Bronze with dark brown and black patination
Height: 21 3/16" (53.6 cm)

Conceived and cast circa 1896


‘The Thorn, full of grace and charm, with as much elegance in the pose as in the action, is probably the most completely successful of Mr. Walker’s ideal statuettes’

H.M. Spielmann, British Sculpture and the Sculptors of Today, 1901, p.100

The present bronze shows a youthful female figure bending over with her right arm and fingers outstretched to reach the heel of her right foot, which is raised on a rock beneath her. Her gestures are elegant, and her mouth is slightly curved, displaying a sense of calm surprise or poised agitation.

Walker derived a great deal of inspiration from ancient Greek statuary for the definition and modelling of the present subject. In fact, the Boy with Thorn is one of the most famous Hellenistic bronze sculptures to have survived in multiple copies and variations to the present day. Walker here reinterprets the subject substituting the male figure with a female one, and changing the sitting composition of the Classical sculpture to a standing one.

Walker’s model was hailed by the critics as one of the sculptor’s greatest accomplishments. This view was shared by many of Walker’s own colleagues, as can be seen in Bertram Mackennal’s sculpture of Diana Wounded (c. 1907), currently part of the TATE Britain collection.

Walker first produced a large, 148cm tall version of the The Thorn around 1896, exhibiting it for the first time at the Royal Academy in 1903. The piece was purchased in 1910 by Carl Jacobsen, son of Jacob Jacobsen and one of the heirs of the Carlsberg brewing empire. Jacobsen had a great interest in ancient Greek and Roman statuary and contributed to the founding of the Ny Carslberg Glyptotek – one of the most important Danish art museums, based in Copenhagen. The Thorn was donated to the museum in 1910 and is still part of the collection to this day.

By the time of The Thorn’s conception, the ‘cult’ of the statuette for the home was widespread among the British public, who would seek after popular models exhibited at the Royal Academy and praised by critics. The present bronze is a reduction of the larger model in bronze, produced by the artist for the burgeoning collector’s market.

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Gustinus Ambrosi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ambrosi, Gustinus

(Austrian, 1893-1975)

Michael Ayrton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ayrton, Michael

(British, 1921-1975)

Gilbert Bayes, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Bayes, Gilbert

(British, 1872-1953)

Pietro Calvi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Calvi, Pietro

(Italian, 1833-1884)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1827-1875)

A. E. Carrier-Belleuse, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carrier-Belleuse, A. E.

(French, 1824-1887)

 Carrier-Belleuse & Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Carrier-Belleuse & Rodin

(French, 1824-1887 and 1840-1917)

Lynn Chadwick, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Chadwick, Lynn

(British, 1914-2003)

Geoffrey Clarke, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Clarke, Geoffrey

(British, 1924-2014)

Jean-Baptiste Clesinger, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Clesinger, Jean-Baptiste

(French, 1814-1883)

Charles Henri Cordier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Cordier, Charles Henri

(French, 1827-1905)

Aimé-Jules Dalou, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Dalou, Aimé-Jules

(French, 1838-1902)

Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Derwent Wood, Francis

(British, 1871-1926)

Alfred Drury, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Drury, Alfred

(English, 1856-1944)

Sir Jacob Epstein, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Epstein, Sir Jacob

(British, 1880-1959)

Pierre Félix Fix-Masseau, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Fix-Masseau, Pierre Félix

(French, 1869-1937)

Sir George Frampton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Frampton, Sir George

(English, 1860-1926)

Louis Julien (Jules) Franceschi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Franceschi, Louis Julien (Jules)

(French , 1825-1893)

 George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

George Frederick Watts & Thomas Wren

(British )

Jean-Léon Gérôme, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gérôme, Jean-Léon

(French, 1824-1904)

Sir Alfred Gilbert, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Gilbert, Sir Alfred

(British, 1854-1934)

Sir William Goscombe John, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Goscombe John, Sir William

(British, 1860-1952)

Frederick James Halnon, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Halnon, Frederick James

(British, 1881-1958)

Herbert Hampton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Hampton, Herbert

(British, 1862-1929)

Adrian Jones, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Jones, Adrian

(English, 1846-1938)

Fritz Klimsch, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Klimsch, Fritz

(German, 1870-1960)

Gerald Laing, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Laing, Gerald

(UK, 1936-2011)

Frederic Lord  Leighton, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Leighton, Frederic Lord

(English, 1830-1896)

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mackennal, Sir Edgar Bertram

(Australian, 1863-1931)

Marino Marini, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Marini, Marino

(Italian, 1901-1980)

Robert Tait McKenzie, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

McKenzie, Robert Tait

(Canadian, 1867-1938)

Antonin Mercié, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mercié, Antonin

(French, 1845-1916)

Ivan Mestrovic, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Mestrovic, Ivan

(Croatian, 1883-1962)

Constantin Meunier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Meunier, Constantin

(Belgian, 1831-1905)

George Minne, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Minne, George

(Belgian, 1866-1941)

Henry Moore, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Moore, Henry

(English, 1898-1986)

Edward Onslow-Ford, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Onslow-Ford, Edward

(English, 1852-1901)

Eduardo Paolozzi, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Paolozzi, Eduardo

(British, 1924-2005)

Pablo Picasso, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Picasso, Pablo

(Spanish, 1881-1973)

Charles d'Orville Pilkington Jackson, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pilkington Jackson, Charles d'Orville

(British, 1887-1973)

Enzo Plazzotta, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Plazzotta, Enzo

(Italian, 1921-1981)

Hiram Powers, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Powers, Hiram

(American, 1805-1873)

Jean-Jacques Pradier, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Pradier, Jean-Jacques

(Swiss, 1790-1852)

Sir William Reid Dick, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Reid Dick, Sir William

(English, 1879-1961)

Charles Ricketts, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Ricketts, Charles

(English, 1866-1931)

Auguste Rodin, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin, Auguste

(French, 1840-1917)

 Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Rodin and Carrier-Belleuse

(French, (1840-1917 and 1824-1887))

Eric Stanford, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stanford, Eric

(British, Born 1932)

Alfred Stevens, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Stevens, Alfred

(English, 1818-1875)

Arthur Strasser, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Strasser, Arthur

(Austrian, 1854-1927)

Raymond Sudre, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Sudre, Raymond

(French, 1870-1962)

Thomas Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Thornycroft, Thomas

(British, 1815 – 1885)

Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Thornycroft, Sir William Hamo

(English, 1850-1925)

Albert Toft, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Toft, Albert

(English, 1862-1949)

Reuben Townroe, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Townroe, Reuben

(British, 1835-1911)

Anton Van Wouw, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Van Wouw, Anton

(South African, 1862-1945)

Arthur George Walker, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Walker, Arthur George

(British, 1861 - 1936)

Ossip Zadkine, Bowman Sculpture Ltd

Zadkine, Ossip

(Russian/French, 1890-1967)