Aug 26, 2014
09:43 AMArts & Entertainment
'Sculpture Victorious' at Yale, Offering Never-Before-Seen Art, Opens Sept. 10
George Frampton, Dame Alice Owen (detail), 1897, marble, alabaster, and bronze, Dame Alice Owen’s School, Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire.
This fall the Yale Center for British Art will premiere an exhibition on British sculpture during the reign of Queen Victoria. Gallantly named, Sculpture Victorious: Art in an Age of Invention, 1837-1901 will feature a variety of figures and reliefs in marble, bronze, silver and wood in addition to gems, cameos and porcelain objects that highlight the imagination of Victorian sculptors. The show opens on Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. with a conversation with the curators, and runs through Nov. 30.
Many of the pieces have not been widely viewed by the public and most have never been outside of the United Kingdom before this exhibition.
Key works on loan include George Frampton’s alabaster and bronze statue of Dame Alice Owen and the electroplated zinc statue by James Sherwood Westmacott of the Earl of Winchester, which normally sits in the Palace of Westminster at the House of Lords; this is the first time the statue has been lent out.
William Reynolds-Stephens’ Royal Game (below), which depicts Queen Elizabeth and King Philip playing chess with the Spanish Armada, will be another important piece on view.
Sculpture Victorious seeks to debut some critical artworks from 19th-century Britain and offer insight on the cultural and political significance of the era. As the nation blossomed into the first industrial power during the Victorian era, new markets and sites for display assisted a boom in sculpture as well. Monuments were raised across the empire and ambitious sculptural programs were commissioned for public institutions.
Following its exhibition at the Yale Center for British art, Sculpture Victorious will travel across the pond to the Tate Britain for the beginning of 2015. Be sure not to miss the show while it’s stateside.