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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Henry Alfred Pegram
1863-1937
BRITISH
INTO THE SILENT LAND
signed: H. PEGRAM and incised: H. PEGRAM. FT and with a print of Rossetti's poem to the underside of the base
bronze, mid-brown patina
29cm., 11 3/8 in.
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Catalogue Note

Pegram studied and exhibited at the Royal Academy. He worked as an assistant for Thornycroft, and became a Royal Academician in 1904. He is mostly known for his group sculptures. He first presented a bronze of the present model Into the Silent Land in 1910 (op. cit. p. 294). The title is a reference to the poem by Christina Rossetti “Remember”.

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go, yet turning stay. 
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann'd:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad. 


RELATED LITERATURE
A. Graves, Royal Academy Exhibitors 1905-1970, vol. 3, 1987, p. 294; The Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, 1980, p. 397.  

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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