Dancing

Dancing

Edward Onslow Ford, R. A. (1852-1901)

1890

Bronze

Height: approximately 60 inches

Exhibited: The Fine Art Society, London, 1902

"The life-size statue 'Music is a pendant to the 'Dancing,' which is the central ornament of the atrium at the New Gallery. In both there are to found passages of sound and admirable modelling and piquant adjuncts, such as the curious headresses inspired, it may be assumed, by the similar detail in Mr. Gilbert's 'Enchanted Chair.' In both, however, and especially in the 'Music,' the ensemble is both from a sculptural and a purely decorative standpoint, defective. In particular the fluttering and hanging stuffs with which the frigures are partially draped are cloths rather than draperies; and clothes, to, which have an uncomfortable look of being about to slip away and leave bare the bodies which they half cover." [Magazine of Art, p. 363; illustrated 364]

The Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, has a version without the headdress and a different base.

Scanned image and text by George P. Landow