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The Sower: M.15-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The Sower


Sculptor: Wells, Reginald Fairfax




Bronze figure of a sower, left leg bent forwards, a bag over his shoulder, from which he is taking out seeds with his right hand.

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Depth: 13.7 cm
Height: 29.9 cm
Width: 11 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


19th-20th century
Production date: circa AD 1906


Reginald Fairfax Wells was a sculptor, studio potter, aircraft manufacturer and architect. Like the 19th-century painter, Jean-François Millet and sculptor Jules-Aimé Dalou, Wells was interested in depicting peasant workers in his sculpture. A magazine article in his life-time called him ‘the English Millet of Sculpture’. Wells became well-known for his small-scale bronzes, most of which were produced between 1900 and 1910. He cast his own bronzes, using the lost-wax casting method. From 1909 onwards, Wells began to focus more on studio pottery, having established the Coldrum Pottery in Wrotham, Kent in c. 1900. At the outset of World War I, Wells turned his efforts to designing and manufacturing aircraft. When this failed, he re-established his pottery business, the London Pottery Company, in Chelsea. In the census of 1911, Wells was recorded as ‘Sculptor, Bronze Founder, Art Pottery Manufacturer’ as well as a ‘Teacher of Bronze Foundry’.

School or Style



  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 13.7 cm Height 29.8 cm Width 11 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: R.F. Wells/No. 15.1
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-2015
Primary reference Number: 201850
Old object number: 21
Former loan number: AAL.249-2006
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_15_2015
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Audit data

Created: Thursday 18 June 2015 Updated: Thursday 12 November 2020 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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