Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, British (1850-1925): A bronze maquette of The Mower
the figure standing on a square base, signed HT 1884 and 4 five times, 20cm high
Provenance: John Jordan Lloyd-Williams of Treborth, Bangor and later Brynele, Cilcennin, Ceredigion. Possibly given by one of the Sackville-West family or another of the Bloomsbury Set on the occasion of his marriage in August 11th 1885 as they are known to have visited Brynhele on a number of occasions.
Related Literature: Versions of both the large bronze reduction and the maquette were exhibited in Gibson to Gilbert, British Sculpture 1840-1914, The Fine Art Society, 2nd June-2nd July 1992, page 46. The maquette is also illustrated in J. Cooper, Nineteenth Century Romantic Bronzes,, David & Charles, London, 1975 page 67. B. Read, Victorian Sculpture, Yale University Press, 1982, pages 325 and 326. Susan Beattie, The New Sculpture, Yale University Press, 1983, pages 147 and 148.
Thornycroft took the unusual step of casting in bronze his sketch model for the figure in 1884 and produced an edition of twenty five bronze maquettes. The sculptor interestingly modelled the figure of the mower holding the scythe in an upright position but this was subsequently reversed so that the blade is held downwards in the finished final model and its subsequent reductions.