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Creator:
Alfred Gilbert, 1854–1934, British
Title:

St. George

Former Title(s):

Saint George

St. George--statuette, aluminium [sic] and ivory. [1968, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

Date:
1891 to 1896
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Overall: 21 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches (54.6 x 26 x 26 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.12
Classification:
Sculptures
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
armor | Christianity | crucifix | man | martyr | masterpiece | religious and mythological subject | tomb | Victorian | weapon | wings
Associated People:
Saint George (c. 275/281–303)
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1459
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Alfred Gilbert was the leading British exponent of the “new sculpture” movement, a more naturalistic approach to sculpture influenced by artists from France. St. George was one of twelve small figures that Gilbert modeled to adorn the elaborate grill for the tomb of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, grandson of Queen Victoria, who died of influenza in 1892 at age twenty-eight. Despite winning so prestigious a commission, Gilbert enraged the royal family by failing to complete the work on time, reproducing photographs of the tomb in progress, and selling bronze casts of the figures on the open market. Nevertheless, the tomb and the related figures were Gilbert’s masterpieces with the graceful figure of St. George among his most beautiful inventions and a herald of the art nouveau.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Sculpture Victorious : Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 (Tate Britain, 2015-02-24 - 2015-05-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sculpture Victorious : Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 (Yale Center for British Art, 2014-09-11 - 2014-11-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Romance in Steel: The Heritage of Armor (Higgins Armory Museum, 2001-01-02 - 2001-06-03) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Richard Dorment, Alfred Gilbert : Sculptor and Goldsmith, , Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1986, pp. 154-170, cat. 68-72, NJ18 G3685 D68 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Martina Droth, Sculpture Victorious, Art in an Age of Intervention, 1837-1901 , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 374-377, cat. 137, NB467 S39 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Jason Edwards, Alfred Gilbert's Aestheticism, Gilbert Amongst Whistler, Wilde, Leighton, Pater and Burne-Jones , Ashgate Publishing, Burlington, VT, 2006, p. 206, NJ18 G3685 E37 2006 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Exhibition of Modern Works in Painting and Sculpture forming the Collection of George McCulloch, Esq, Winter Exhibition, fortieth year , , London, 1909, p. 69, no. 358, Fiche B143 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Franco-British Exhibition 1908, Bemrose & sons, London, 1908, no. 1440, Available online: openlibrary.org

Cecil Gilbert, Studio Diary of Alfred Gilbert for 1899, The Identities of the Saints on the Duke of Clarence Memorial , University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gilbert, 19876, fig. 1, NJ18 G3685 G55 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joseph Hatton, Life and Work of Alfred Gilbert , R.A , M.V.O, LL.D, Art Journal, Easter Art Annual, Art Journal office, 1903, pp. 26-31, V 2309 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Joseph Hatton, Life and Work of Alfred Gilbert , R.A , M.V.O, LL.D, Art Journal, Easter Art Annual, Art Journal office, 1903, pp. 26-31, NJ18 G3685 H87 1903 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Easter Annual is bound at end of volume [YCBA]

Isabel McAllister, Alfred Gilbert, A. and C. Black, London, 1929, pp. 129-141, NJ18 G3685 M33 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Monument to the Duke of Clarence, British Architect, London, 5 August 1898, p. 94, Available online: British Periodicals database [ORBIS]

Notes on Recent Books, Art Journal, London, April 1903, p. 128, NJ18 G3685 H87 1903 OVERSIZE (YCBA) Also avaioable on line: Brtish Periodicals Databae [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy, a passion for British art. [large print labels] , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 +P381 2007, Mellon Shelf (YCBA) [YCBA]

Benedict Read, Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture : Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848-1914, , Lund Humphries, London, 1991, p. 103, cat. 13, NB 467 P74 1991 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition Catalogue. 1894. 126th., Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, no. 126, London, 1894, p. 64, no. 1849, N5054 A53 120-128 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Royal Academy of Arts, Exhibition Catalogue. 1896. 128th., Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, no. 128, London, 1896, p. 62, no. 1909, N5054 A53 120-128 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellis Waterhouse, Sculpture from the Paul Mellon Collection at the British Art Center at Yale, Burlington Magazine, vol. 119, May 1977, p. 352, N1 +B87 Oversize (YCBA) [YCBA]


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