26 October 2016
WALTER WINANS 1852-1920
A RARE SYMBOLIST FIGURE OF A MERMAID, 1905
silvered, gilt and patinated bronze, ivory, marble base
27 ½ in. (70 cm.) high
inscribed Walter Winans 1905, impressed seal Cristal (sic) Palace Exhibition 1893 Awarded to Walter Winans
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Exhib. cat., 1909, p. 59, No. 1704.
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts, The One Hundred and Forty-First, London, 3 May - 2 August 1909.
Walter Winans was best known as a lover of horses, who sculpted and painted them. He was a marksman, breeder and competed in the Olympics of 1908 and 1912. Born to American parents in St Petersburg, he spent most of his adult life in England. This is a more unusual work by him, employing mixed media as well as subject matter that aligns him with the Symbolist interests of the time.
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