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Sydney March (1876-1968)

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Sydney March (1876-1968)

ORPHEUS DESCENDING INTO HADES

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Sydney March (1876-1968) Orpheus descending into Hades depicting Orpheus playing his lyre on a naturalistic rockwork base signed 'S.March' to the rear, on a rectangular green marble base, centred to the front by a plaque inscribed ''Orpheus' by Sydney March, Exh. Royal Academy, 1903' the bronze: 20 in. (51 cm.) high; overall: 22½ in. (57 cm.) high
Provenance
with The Fine Art Society, London, from whom acquired by the present owner in 1981.
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1903, no. 1743.
London, Barbican Art Gallery, The Last Romantics: Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer, 1989, no. 211.
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Lot Essay

This sculpture depicts Orpheus reclaiming his wife Eurydice from Hades through the power of music. The story of Orpheus, with its mixture of magic and tragedy, held particular appeal for the Symbolist painters and sculptors of the fin de siécle; Watts, Briton Riviere, John Macallan Swan and Charles Ricketts all treated various aspects of this subject, as did many of their continental contemporaries. One of Watts's versions, and a study for it, are also included in this sale (lots 138-9).

We are grateful to Peyton Skipwith at The Fine Art Society for his help in the preparation of this catalogue entry.

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