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On display at V&A South Kensington
Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery

Study of a hand

Statuette
possibly 1884-1885 (modelled), 1952-1953 (cast)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The hand may be cast from a clay model, many of which survive in Rodin’s studio at Meudon. Its agitated quality suggests a link with his vast bronze monument The Burghers of Calais, which commemorates the siege of the town in 1346–7. A version can be seen on the Embankment by the Houses of Parliament. This version was cast in about 1952-3 by Georges Rudier, authorised by the Musée Rodin.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Bronze
Brief Description
Statuette, Study of a hand, by Auguste Rodin, France (Paris), cast in 1952-53
Physical Description
Statuette, bronze. Study of a hand. A hand with fingers and thumb clenches. Inscribed 'A. Rodin' on the wrist and near the base on the other side, 'G. Rudier. Fondeur. Paris'. On the bottom of the socle is a label inscribed 'Auguste Rodin'
Dimensions
  • Weight: 2.140kg
  • Hand only (does not include base) height: 12.15cm (Note: Dimension does not include base.)
  • Height: 22cm
  • Width: 10.5cm
  • Depth: 8cm (Note: Marble base is 8cm x 8 cm)
Credit line
Given by Dr Neville Goodman CB
Object history
Given by Dr Neville Goodman, C.B.
Subject depicted
Summary
The hand may be cast from a clay model, many of which survive in Rodin’s studio at Meudon. Its agitated quality suggests a link with his vast bronze monument The Burghers of Calais, which commemorates the siege of the town in 1346–7. A version can be seen on the Embankment by the Houses of Parliament. This version was cast in about 1952-3 by Georges Rudier, authorised by the Musée Rodin.
Bibliographic References
  • Hawkins, Jennifer, Rodin Sculptures, London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1975, pp.22-23, ill. 10
  • Nicolson, Benedict. 'Rodin and Lady Sackville' in Burlington Magazine, January 1970, no. 802, vol. CXII, p. 38, fig. 43.
Collection
Accession Number
A.22-1971

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record createdApril 18, 2005
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