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Relief - The Lure of the Pan Pipes
  • The Lure of the Pan Pipes
    Bayes, Gilbert, born 1872 - died 1953
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The Lure of the Pan Pipes

  • Object:

    Relief

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bayes, Gilbert, born 1872 - died 1953 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster, coloured to resemble bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust

  • Museum number:

    A.4-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 6

This is a plaster model for a two-sided relief intended as a garden ornament. The artist, Gilbert Bayes, described the group as ‘something between a relief and the round: perhaps a two-sided pierced relief’.

While its subject matter derives from Greek myth, the stylised treatment of the reeds and water recalls ancient Egyptian art. The relief has an Art Deco feel and represents a strand of early 20th-century British sculpture that ran parallel with Modernist style works by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

The original much larger version is currently on loan to the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. It was produced in cement, one of the new and unusual materials that appealed to Bayes. A bronze version is also in the V&A (Museum no. A.3-2004).

Physical description

Plaster two sided relief depicting two water nymphs and a duck, a figure of Pan on the other side, painted to resemble bronze.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1932 (made)

Artist/maker

Bayes, Gilbert, born 1872 - died 1953 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster, coloured to resemble bronze

Dimensions

Height: 48.2 cm, Width: 28.5 cm, Depth: 8.8 cm

Object history note

Given by the Gilbert Bayes Charitable Trust 2004.

Descriptive line

Relief, plaster coloured to resemble bronze, 'The Lure of the Pipes of Pan', by Gilbert Bayes, Britain, 1932

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European Sculpture. London: 2007, p. 159, pl. 307

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Duck; Nymphs; Classicism

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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