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  • Thomas Woolner
  • Puck
  • incised with the artist's signature, inscribed and dated 'T. WOOLNER. SC. 1847' (on the reverse side)
  • bronze
  • overall: 47.5 by 32 by 26 cm. 18 3/4 by 12 5/8 by 10 1/2 in.
  • Modelled in 1847 and cast in 1865, this work is the earlier of two known bronze casts, each unique, and two plaster casts


Collection of Lady Ashburton, London. Private Collection, London.


London, British Institution, 1847 (plaster cast). London, Royal Academy, 1866. 

London, Tate Britain, Permanent Collection (plaster cast). 


Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, London, 1871 (p. 22). F.G. Stephens, ‘Thomas Woolner RA’, Art Journal, March 1894 (plaster cast illustrated, p.82). 

Amy Woolner, Thomas Woolner, R.A., sculptor and poet; his life in letters, New York, 1917 (pp. 4 and 339; plaster cast illustrated, p. 20).

Leslie Parris (ed.), The Pre-Raphaelites, exh. cat., London, Tate Gallery, 1984 (plaster cast illustrated, p.49). 

Joanna Barnes and Benedict Read (eds.), Pre-Raphaelite Sculpture: Nature and Imagination in British Sculpture 1848-1914, exh. cat., London, The Matthiesen Gallery, 1991. This exhibition later travelled to Birmingham, Birmingham City Museum and Art Gallery, 1991 (illustrated, pp.141-2, plates 53b/c). 

Phillip Prodger, Darwin's Camera: Art and Photography in the Theory of Evolution, Oxford, 2009 (illustrated in colour, n.p.).

Joanna Barnes, Katherine Eustace and Mark Stocker (eds.), Sculpting Art History: Essays in Memory of Benedict Read, London, 2018 (illustrated in colour, on the cover).