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Model - Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale
  • Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale
    Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934
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Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1892 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronzed wax

  • Credit Line:

    Presented by Art Fund and Mr. Sigismund Goetze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is Sir Alfred Gilbert's working model for the tomb of the Duke of Clarence in the Albert Memorial Chapel, St George's Windsor. The tomb, commissioned in 1892 shortly after the death of the Duke, was not finally completed until 1928. The finished monument differs considerably from this sketch-model.

Sir Alfred Gilbert (1854-1934) was a famous British sculptor of the late 19th century. He was also medallist, goldsmith and draughtsman. He was known for his inventiveness and characteristically used many different materials in the same work. He epitomised the movement known as the “New Sculpture”, with a new focus on naturalistic forms. His many commissions included for example the celebrated figure of Eros, part of the Shaftsbury memorial.

Physical description

Sketch model in bronzed wax on a plaster base. The Duke lies, in robes, on an elaborately moulded sarcophagus with an angel crouched at his head. On the foot of the sarcophagus is a small seated figure.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1892 (made)


Gilbert, Alfred Sir, born 1854 - died 1934 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Bronzed wax


Height: 30 cm, Length: 42 cm, Width: 18 cm

Object history note

In the studio of the sculptor at the time of his death. Given by Mr Sigismund Goetze and the National Art Collections Fund in 1936, together with cat. nos. with A.88-1936 and 90 to 99-1936.

Historical context note

The commission for the tomb was given shortly after the Duke's death in 1892 and a sketch model was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1894, but the work was not completed until after Gilbert's return to London in 1926.

Descriptive line

Model, plaster, plasticine and wax, for the Tomb of Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, by Alfred Gilbert, England, 1892

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

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. 279-280, cat. no. 427
Bury, Adrian, The Shadow of Eros, London, 1954, pp. 70, 87, pl. XIII
p.17, pi.VI
Cox, Machell E., Commemorative Catalogue of an exhibition of models and designs by the late Sir Alfred Gilbert R.A., Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Oxford, 1936.
Dorment, R. Alfred Gilbert Sculptor and Goldsmith. (exh. cat.), Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1986, p. 159, n. 3 on p. 160 and fig. 58 on p. 159





Subjects depicted

Angel; Robes; Sarcophagus; Duke


Sculpture; Death


Sculpture Collection

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