The Elf

The Elf

Sir William Goscombe John, 1860-1952

1898

Plaster?

Source: The Studio

“W. Goscombe John shows his remarkable versatility and technical skill to great advantage . . . His statue, The Elf, a nude figure of a young girl perched upon the battlement of a ruined building, is an admirable piece of design and modelling, singularly successful in the interpretation of the youthful character of the young wiry body and long graceful limbs. In the pose, too, and in the expression of the face, the motive which has influenced the artist is carried out with entire appropriateness, and the slight suggestion of an uncanny type is given with delightful subtlety. ” — The Studio

  • Stone version in Glasgow
  • Image correction and text by George P. Landow.

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