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Statue - Crouching Youth
  • Crouching Youth
    Turner, Winifred, born 1903 - died 1983
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Crouching Youth

  • Object:

    Statue

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1934 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Turner, Winifred, born 1903 - died 1983 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss Jessica Turner, sister of the artist

  • Museum number:

    A.12-1981

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case FS

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.

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.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

ca. 1934 (made)

Artist/maker

Turner, Winifred, born 1903 - died 1983 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze

Dimensions

Height: 101 cm

Object history note

Given together with Mus. no. A.11-1981 by Miss Jessica Turner the artist's sister, London, in 1981.

Descriptive line

Statue, bronze, Crouching Youth, by Winifred Turner, England, 1934

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, 471, cat. no. 763

Labels and date

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]

Subjects depicted

Youth

Categories

Sculpture; Portraits

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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