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Statuette - Male and female nude figures
  • Male and female nude figures
    Lambert, Maurice, born 1901 - died 1964
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Male and female nude figures

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1930 - ca. 1932 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lambert, Maurice, born 1901 - died 1964 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze on a red marble base

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 10B, The Parasol Foundation Trust Study Area, case 1, shelf 2

The date of the group is suggested by its inclusion in a photograph of Lambert's studio taken around 1932. Maurice Lambert (1902-1964) is an example of the many sculptors who were affected by the work of Rodin. The forms here are defined but not detailed. Although the surface of the group is lively, it no longer depends on naturalistic representations. Lambert was the son of a painter, George Washington Lambert. He trained in London from 1919 to 1923 in the studio of Francis Derwent Wood (1871-1926). In 1927 a contemporary commentator, P. G. Konody, described Lambert as having 'thrown himself heart and soul into the Modern Movement'. He worked in a wide range of materials, often in combination, including brass, marble, alabaster, lead and aluminium, and executed ideal works as well as portrait busts. Lambert's first major show was in June 1927 at the Claridge Gallery, London. He was Master of Sculpture at the Royal Academy Schools between 1950 and 1958, and was a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1938 to 1964. An exhibition of his work was held at the Belgrave Gallery, London, in 1988. A marble sculpture by Lambert entitled Man with a bird, formerly in the Museum's collection, was transferred to London's Tate Gallery in 1982.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca. 1930 - ca. 1932 (made)


Lambert, Maurice, born 1901 - died 1964 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze on a red marble base


Height: 9.8 cm, Weight: 4.3 kg

Object history note

Initially on loan from Sir Leigh Ashton to the Department of Regional Services (Circulation Department) from 5 January 1953. Transferred to the Sculpture Department in 1981. As a redundant loan the present piece was formally accessioned by the Sculpture Department in 2000.

Descriptive line

Statue, bronze on red marble base, of male and female nude figures, by Maurice Lambert, British, ca. 1930-1932

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, 2002, p. 459, cat. no. 749
Nicolson, Vanessa, The Sculpture of Maurice Lambert, Much Hadham / Aldershot, 2002, cat. no. 73, p. 104, figs. 23+24. on p. 61



Subjects depicted

Nude female figure




Sculpture Collection

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