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Model - Head of Peter Pan
  • Head of Peter Pan
    Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928
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Head of Peter Pan

  • Object:

    Model

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Meredith Frampton

  • Museum number:

    A.5-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This and museum numbers A.6-1991 to A.11-1991 are the original plaster models for some of the component parts of the bronze figure of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, made by George Frampton. This figure was commissioned anonymously by Sir James M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and secretly erected on 29th and 30th April 1912, so that its appearance the next day would seem magical, and perpetuate the Peter Pan enigma.

Peter Pan is the main character of the story The Adventures of Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. The story is of a boy who refuses to grow up and creates his own world of Indians, pirates, and fairies. Peter Pan was produced for the stage in 1904 but appeared as a narrative story only in 1911.

Sir George James Frampton (1860-1928) was an English sculptor, medallist and decorative artist. He worked in an architects office before being apprenticed to a firm of architectural masons. He studied modelling a the London School of Art under W.S. Frith, and in 1881 entered the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a gold medal and travelling scholarship in 1887. Like Lanteri he was involved in the exterior decoration of the Museum, executing the spandrel reliefs of Truth and Beauty above the Main Entrance.
Frampton was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Academy in 1894 and exhibited regularly across Europe, contributing to the Munich and Vienna Secession movements.

Physical description

Minor chips of the surface of the plaster; some damage to back of the collar. An integral dowel extends from the neck. There is a small hole between the lips where the pipes would be fitted.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1910 (made)

Artist/maker

Frampton, George James Sir, born 1860 - died 1928 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster

Dimensions

Height: 41 cm

Object history note

This and A.6-1991 to A.11-1991 are the original plaster models for some of the component parts of the bronze figure of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. This figure was commissioned anonymously by Sir James M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan, and secretly erected on 29th and 30th April 1912, so that its appearance the next day would seem magical, and perpetuate the Peter Pan enigma.

Given by the late Meredith Frampton, son of the sculptor, in 1985, though not formally accessioned until 1991.

Descriptive line

Model, plaster, head of Peter Pan, by George Frampton, English, ca. 1910

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

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 266, cat.no. 403
Cavanagh, T., Public Schulpture of Liverpool, Liverpool, 1997, pp. 193-4

Materials

Plaster

Subjects depicted

Head

Categories

Sculpture; Children & Childhood; Portraits; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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