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Valour and Cowardice: M.1B-1953

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Valour and Cowardice


Sculptor: Stevens, Alfred George




Bronze cast of one of the sketch models for the Wellington Monument in St Paul's Cathedral, London. Valour, enthroned, is quietly spurning the coward who lies prostrate beneath his shield, which serves as a foot-stool for her. She holds a club in her right hand, a shield on the other arm, the lion's skin covers her head, and the claws are knotted on her breast. Black patina. On the side of the plinth is inscribed 'Alfred Stevens.No.1.'


History note: Sir Edmund Davis (brother-in-law to the testator); Mrs Constance Rea

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs Constance Rea

Measurements and weight

Height: 25.0 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1953) by Rea, Constance


19th Century, Late-20th Century, Early#
Circa 1896 CE - 1929 CE


This bronze and its pendant, 'Truth and Valour' (M.1A-1953), were cast from a pair of plaster models purchased by the financier and art patron Edmund Davis in 1877 at the posthumous sale of Stevens' studio contents. Davis had them cast (date unknown) and later gave them to his sister-in-law, Mrs Constance Rea. The lifetime plaster models from which Davis had these bronzes cast are most likely those which he gave to Manchester City Art Gallery in 1914 (1914.60 - 'Valour and Cowardice' and 1914.61 - 'Truth and Falsehood').

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 24.3 cm Height 64.2 cm Width 35.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, patinated

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Alfred Stevens.No.1.
  • Location: On the side of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Inscribed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.1B-1953
Primary reference Number: 12464
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_1B_1953
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 12 November 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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