Merlin and Arthur

Merlin and Arthur

William Goscombe John, 1860-1952

c.1896

Bronze

60.1 cm

Amgueddfa Cymru Caerdydd [National Museum of Wales, Cardiff] Accession number: NMW A 127

“The turn of the 19th century saw a revival of interest in Celtic imagery and mythology in Wales. This bronze, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1902, is John's only work on an Arthurian theme. According to medieval legend, the Welsh bard and magician Merlin aided Uther Pendragon's seduction of Yguerne, wife of the Duke of Cornwall. The child born of this liaison, the future King Arthur, was committed to Merlin's care. The pose and costume of this bronze reveal a debt to Rodin, particularly his monumental statues of the Burghers of Calais.” (museum label).

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