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Relief - Horse


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1874-1876 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Caldecott, Randolph, born 1846 - died 1886 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This relief in terracotta depicting a horse fair in Brittany was made by R. Caldecott in England in about 1874-6. The colour of this relief is a vivid orange, as opposed to the neutral-coloured pastiglia reliefs by Caldecott of around the same date. There are other versions of this relief, for example the metal version exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1876.

Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) was a British artist and illustrator. He first worked as a bank clerk in Whitchurch and Manchester while attending evening classes at the Manchester School of Art. In 1872 he moved to London and studied briefly at the Slade School of Fine Art. He did a lot of book illustrations and was one of the first to avoid the then so popular black-and-white effects. He also worked in watercolours and oil drawings. Caldecott drew his images amidst the vernacular architecture and landscapes of his childhood with a vivid sense of humour. His representation of animals was especially spirited. Apparently even Van Gogh and Gauguin were admirers of his work. Caldecott is commemorated in a memorial by Alfred Gilbert at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Physical description

Relief in terracotta. Four peasants are proceeding to the left with their horses. Three are mounted bareback. They wear shirts and breeches, the feet bare. Colour is of a vivid orange.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1874-1876 (made)


Caldecott, Randolph, born 1846 - died 1886 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed on the front

Signed to the right


Length: 33 cm, Height: 13 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by James Richardson Holliday Esq. in 1927. Holliday was director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. He also bequeathed his large collection of mainly English watercolours and pre-Raphaelite drawings to various Museums and institutions. A number of drawings by Caldecott, described as 'many good examples', were bequeathed by Holliday to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1927.

Descriptive line

Panel, relief, terracotta, Horse fair, by Randolph Caldecott, English, 1874-6

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

Sir Alfred Gilbert and The New Sculpture, British Sculpture 1850-1930. London: The Fine Art Society, 2008. pp. 18-9
Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, pp. 228-229, cat. no. 347
Blackburn, H. R. Caldecott: a personal memoir of his early art career. London, 1886, p. 137





Subjects depicted

Peasants; Horse


Reliefs; Sculpture


Sculpture Collection

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