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Model - Eve at the Fountain

Eve at the Fountain

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1818 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Baily, Edward Hodges, born 1788 - died 1867 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is probably the plaster model for the marble group 'Eve at the Fountain', executed by Baily in 1821 for the Philosophical Society of Bristol, and now in the Bristol Art Gallery.

Edward Hodges Baily (1788-1867) was an English sculptor and designer. As son of a ship’s carver he began his career as a modeller in wax. He spent seven years in John Flaxman’s studio, acknowledged as his favourite and most devoted pupil. He attended the Royal Academy Schools. He is the sculptor of the Nelson on Nelson's Column, of ca. half the sculpture for Marble Arch, some of the exterior work on Buckingham Palace, and a number of monuments in St Paul's and Westminster Abbey, just to name a few. The work that brought him fame was the present piece Eve at the Fountain, first shown 1818 at the Royal Academy.

Physical description

A nude female figure sitting on the ground supporting herself with her right arm. Her left arm partly covers herb breasts while her head is looking down towards her left shoulder.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


ca. 1818 (made)


Baily, Edward Hodges, born 1788 - died 1867 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 87 cm

Object history note

There is no information on the provenance of the present piece, which until 2000 was an unregistered object in the Museum.

Descriptive line

Model, plaster, 'Eve at the Fountain', by Edward Hodges Baily, ca. 1818

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, pp. 185-86, cat.no 262



Subjects depicted

Female, nude


Sculpture; Myths & Legends


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