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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery

Woman reading

Statuette
ca. 1875 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is a sketch model (hence the rough surface), modelled by Aimé-Jules Dalou in about 1875 for a larger sculpture and several of these appear to have been made. One, a lifesize terracotta, is now in the Manchester City Art Gallery.

Dalou (1838-1902) was the son of a glove maker and initially trained in drawing at the Petit École in Paris. There he was encouraged to study and create sculpture. In 1854 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, where he trained for four years. He was known for his left-wing political sympathies and was involved in the establishment of the Paris Commune in 1871 after which he was forced into exile in London, where he lived from 1871 until his return to Paris in 1879. In London he frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy and he was given a teaching appointment at the National Art Training School in South Kensington (later the Royal College of Art), where he had a profound effect on the development of British sculpture.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Terracotta
Brief Description
Statuette, terracotta, of a seated woman reading, by Aimé-Jules Dalou, Anglo-French, ca. 1875
Physical Description
Seated figure of a woman reading. The figure is seated in a light chair, wearing a long full peignoir, the arms are folded across her breast and to the right, in her right hand she holds an open book from which she is reading. The whole body has been twisted slightly to the left as if to catch the light on the book.
Dimensions
  • Height: 23.5cm
Object history
Bequeathed by Miss S. Mary Forbes in 1934. Transferred to the Bethnal Green Museum in 1970, and returned to the V&A in 1983.
Subject depicted
Summary
This is a sketch model (hence the rough surface), modelled by Aimé-Jules Dalou in about 1875 for a larger sculpture and several of these appear to have been made. One, a lifesize terracotta, is now in the Manchester City Art Gallery.



Dalou (1838-1902) was the son of a glove maker and initially trained in drawing at the Petit École in Paris. There he was encouraged to study and create sculpture. In 1854 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, where he trained for four years. He was known for his left-wing political sympathies and was involved in the establishment of the Paris Commune in 1871 after which he was forced into exile in London, where he lived from 1871 until his return to Paris in 1879. In London he frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy and he was given a teaching appointment at the National Art Training School in South Kensington (later the Royal College of Art), where he had a profound effect on the development of British sculpture.
Bibliographic References
  • Dreyfous, M., Dalou sa Vie et son Oeuvre, 1903, p. 74
  • Avery, Charles. 'From David d'Angers to Rodin: Britain's National collection of French Nineteenth century sculpture.' The Connoisseur. April 1972. vol. 179. no. 722. p.238, fig. 8 and no. 12.
  • Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: V& A Publications, 2002, pp. 244-5, cat. no. 370
  • Hunisak, J.M., ‘Jules Dalou: The Private Side’, in: Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts, LVI, no. 2, 1978, 32c
Collection
Accession Number
A.38-1934

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