Truth. Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal R.A., 1863-1931. Signed "B Mackennal, June 12th, 1894, London." Foundry mark seal "E. Hruet Jeune Ed." Bronze dark brown patina, 24.4 inches (62 cm.) [Click on images to enlarge them.]

"Conceived in 1894 and cast in a small edition, this work is a symbolist piece, the naked body representing the unclothed truth, the serious expression of the woman's face representing the importance of the nature of truth, and the wings adding a statement of higher moral authority" (Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture, 80).

Photograph and text by Robert Bowman 2008. Robert Bowman and the Fine Art Society, London, have most generously given their permission to use information, images, and text from Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture in the Victorian Web. Copyright on text and images from their catalogues remains, of course, with them. [GPL]


Bowman, Robert. Sir Alfred Gilbert and the New Sculpture. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008. Pp. 78-81.

Created 15 June 2008

Last modified 14 February 2020