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On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries

Crouching Youth

Statue
ca. 1934 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This bronze figure has a dark green patination. Winifred Turner was the daughter of the sculptor Alfred Turner (1874-1940). A major retrospective exhibition of their work was held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in 1988, to which this piece was lent. Her sister Jessica donated Crouching Youth and a work by their father, Mother and Child, to the V&A. Jessica 'was content to assist her father', but Winifred attended the Royal Academy Schools in London between 1924 and 1929. She was elected Fellow and Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1930; she exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1924 and 1962.
This highly stylised figure reflects Turner's interest in ancient sculpture and also her passion for dance. The bronze has a green patina and smooth surface suggesting the sinuous forms of the young male body. Winifred Turner was primarily a modeller, unlike her father Alfred Turner, who also carved in stone.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Brief Description
Statue, bronze, Crouching Youth, by Winifred Turner, England, 1934
Physical Description
The youth half-sits, half kneels on one knee, his legs apart, and his right arm resting on his right knee. He looks down to his left. He is clean-shaven and has short hair, and wears a low-slung skirt revealing his buttocks and some pubic hair, The figure is on an integral rectangular base.
Dimensions
  • Height: 101cm
Gallery Label
This highly stylised figure reflects Turner's interest in ancient sculpture and also her passion for dance. The bronze has a green patina and smooth surface suggesting the sinuous forms of the young male body. Winifred Turner was primarily a modeller, unlike her father Alfred Turner, who also carved in stone. His Mother and Child can be seen nearby.(March 2007)
Credit line
Given by Miss Jessica Turner, sister of the artist
Object history
Given together with Mus. no. A.11-1981 by Miss Jessica Turner the artist's sister, London, in 1981.
Subject depicted
Summary
This bronze figure has a dark green patination. Winifred Turner was the daughter of the sculptor Alfred Turner (1874-1940). A major retrospective exhibition of their work was held at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in 1988, to which this piece was lent. Her sister Jessica donated Crouching Youth and a work by their father, Mother and Child, to the V&A. Jessica 'was content to assist her father', but Winifred attended the Royal Academy Schools in London between 1924 and 1929. She was elected Fellow and Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1930; she exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1924 and 1962.

This highly stylised figure reflects Turner's interest in ancient sculpture and also her passion for dance. The bronze has a green patina and smooth surface suggesting the sinuous forms of the young male body. Winifred Turner was primarily a modeller, unlike her father Alfred Turner, who also carved in stone.
Bibliographic References
  • Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, 471, cat. no. 763
  • Alfred and Winifred Turner : the sculpture of Alfred Turner and his daughter Winifred Turner, Oxford : Ashmolean Museum, 1988no. 16
Collection
Accession Number
A.12-1981

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record createdMarch 3, 2003
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