• Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
  • Torso - Francis Derwent Wood, Bowman Sculpture Ltd
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Torso

Francis Derwent Wood

(British, 1871-1926)

Signed F. Derwent Wood
Bronze with dark brown patination
Height: 23 3/4" (60.4 cm)

Conceived and cast circa 1900


Derwent Wood worked on a series of truncated female bodies similar to the present model in the first decade of the 20th century. Engaging with the ancient sculptural tradition of Ancient Greece and Rome, the sculptor turned the ‘broken’ aspect of ancient statuary in a defining aspect of his language, working similarly to Auguste Rodin, whose famous model of the Walking Man was conceived around 1876 in France.

Wood owned a pencil drawing of a truncated female body by Alphonse Legros, which is now part of the National Gallery, Washington, D.C. The presence of the drawing in Wood’s collection not only demonstrates his fondness for this particular composition, but also his admiration for artists from the other side of the Channel—a key feature in the development of the New Sculpture movement. Legros was the teacher of etching at the South Kensington School of Art, and in 1876 became Slade Professor at University College, London. He acted as a bridge between France and England, having close links to Aimé-Jules Dalou, who was also based in London at the time, and Auguste Rodin.

Wood worked on at least four different versions of this model. One is currently held in the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford; a plaster model was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Wood’s widow and was then transferred to the TATE Gallery, London; the third version with cropped legs was exhibited at the Venice Biennale, in 1910; a marble version is recorded in the publication Sculptures from ‘Academy architecture’, 1904–1908, under the title Study of a Female Nude—however, this work’s location is unknown.

The present cast was held in the collection of the esteemed architect Sir James Stirling, whose commissions included the Clore Gallery for the Turner Collection at the TATE Britain, among other works. After his death, the bronze was loaned to the National Trust of Scotland before returning to his heirs.

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British New School


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Nude


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The New Sculpture Movement


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