8 June 2006
SIR ALFRED GILBERT, M.V.O., R.A. (1854-1934)
bronze, mid-brown patina, on stepped octagonal black marble plinth
the bronze: 12¼ in. (31 cm.) high
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R. Dorment, Alfred Gilbert, Sculptor and Goldsmith, London, Royal Academy, exh. cat., 1986, pp. 126-9.
R. Dorment, Alfred Gilbert, New Haven and London, 1985, pp. 180-3 and pl. 39 (another cast).
The first cast of Gilbert's Victory surmounted the orb in Queen Victoria's hand on the sculptor's 1887 Golden Jubilee monument to her at Winchester. In a letter of 1 January 1911 Gilbert wrote, 'Its apparent joyousness is due to the fact that it was conceived and executed during the very few hours of happiness I have ever known.' A slightly different version of the work was presented by Gilbert to the Royal Academy in 1909 as a long-overdue deposit for his diploma work after he was elected full Academician in 1892.
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On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous