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

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Sir George James Frampton R.A.
1860-1928
BRITISH
MADONNA OF THE PEACH TREE
signed and dated: GEO: FRAMPTON / 1910
bronze, green brown patina, on an ebonised wood base
bust: 37cm., 14½in. 
57cm., 22 3/8 in. overall
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Catalogue Note

George Frampton took the subject of this rare bust from a book of short stories written by Maurice Hewlett and published 1899. The story entitled Madonna of the Peach Tree tells of young Giovanna Scarpa 'fair haired and flushed, delicately shaped, tall and pliant'. Unfounded rumours led her to be stoned and chased out of the city of Verona with her baby boy. At dawn she came through the peach orchard outside the city walls to beg young shepherds for food. Such was her beauty that the boys believed they had seen a vision of the Virgin, and the town was filled with talk of apparitions and miracles.

RELATED LITERATURE
'Royal Academy Exhibition', 1910, Studio, July 1910, pp. 3-16

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

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London