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19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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Edward Onslow Ford
1852 - 1901
BRITISH
FOLLY
signed and dated: E. Onslow Ford / 1893
bronze, mid brown patina, on a green marble base
52cm., 20½in. 
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Catalogue Note

The British born sculptor began his career as a painter at the Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten, Antwerp, before attending the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich, where his professor encouraged Ford to take up sculpture.

Upon his return to London in 1874, Ford built up a successful practice initially based on portraiture, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1875 and at the Grosvenor Gallery from 1879.

From 1886 Ford modelled a series of bronze statuettes in which he endeavoured to embody playfulness, the most successful of which was the present work; it was modelled using the lost-wax process, the malleability of which allowed the artist to achieve a strikingly realistic portrait of the subject, particularly noticeable in the textured modelling of her hair. This model is also in the Tate Gallery (no. NO1758).

19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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London