Eve at the Fountain

Model
ca. 1818 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Plaster
Brief Description
Model, plaster, 'Eve at the Fountain', by Edward Hodges Baily, ca. 1818
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 87cm
Object history
There is no information on the provenance of the present piece, which until 2000 was an unregistered object in the Museum.
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
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
Other Number
SCP.LOST.179 - Previous LOST number
Collection
Accession Number
A.3-2000

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record createdJune 1, 2000
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