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Victory Leading St. George, Sketch Model for a Proposed War Memorial: M.19-1972

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Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Victory Leading St. George, Sketch Model for a Proposed War Memorial


Sculptor: Gilbert, Alfred




Bronze, cast


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read (both died 1971); purchased from Thomas Stainton, the executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Bought with the Perceval fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 43.8 cm
Width: 31 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972) by Handley-Read Estate


20th Century, Early
Circa 1906 - 1914


Sir Alfred Gilbert RA MVO (1854-1934) was an English sculptor. He studied in London, Paris and Rome, returning to England in 1884. Gilbert was the leading artist in the New Sculpture movement, which revitalised sculpture in late nineteenth-century Britain. He was also a vital force in reintroducing the lost-wax technique for casting works of art in bronze in England (sand-casting had been the norm for bronze sculpture since the 18th century, with lost-wax casting used only for small-scale work and jewellery). His commissions included the jubilee memorial to Queen Victoria in Winchester and the statue of Eros, in aluminium, for the Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain in Piccadilly Circus, and in 1900 he was appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy. A period of bankruptcy and divorce followed, and Gilbert moved to Bruges. On his return to England in 1926, his fortunes improved, the highlight being the bronze Queen Alexandra Memorial, at Marlborough House, London, 1926-32. He was knighted by George V in 1932. Gilbert died in poverty in 1934.

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  • Sculpture UK

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.19-1972
Primary reference Number: 13387
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_19_1972
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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