The Slingshot

The Slingshot

Sir William Reid Dick, RA 1878-1961

Bronze with black patina on green marble plinth

Overall height: 13 1/2 inches; bronze: 12 inches

The Slingshot, also known as The Catatpult, is a relatively early work; it was cast in two sizes. The large size version, 60 cm high was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1911. Examples of this large size cast are rare with only one example recorded in a public collection, at the Bradford City Art Gallery, Cartwright Hall. The mood was also cast in a reduction measuring 33 cm high, of which the present piece is a gnod example." [continued below]

"The mood proved a great success at the Academy for Reid Dick, attracting the attention ofthe critic Granville Fell who described it as a 'well-balanced, tense figure, precise in modeling'. Recalling the joy ofboybood, Reid Dick was very much influenced by two earlier major works of Lord Leighron, An Athlete Struggling with Python and The Sluggard. The tension of the former combines with the youthful twist ofthe latter ofLeighton's figures to produce a wonderful depiction ofthe agile tenderness of youth. The piece was first cast by Italian founder Giovanni Galizia while he was working in the prominent Parlanti foundry at Parson's Green, London. The Parlanti foundry, active since the 1890s also cast work for Alfred Gilbert and Alfred Drury. Galizia continued to cast the work in London in partnersbip with Fiorini before setting up his own foundry. — Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture, 26