Sir William Reid Dick (Scottish 1879-1961) A bronze figure of 'The Catapult' or 'Slingboy'

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Lot 118
Sir William Reid Dick (Scottish 1879-1961)
A bronze figure of 'The Catapult' or 'Slingboy'

Sold for £ 3,250 (US$ 4,066) inc. premium

Period Design

16 Jun 2015, 12:00 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Sir William Reid Dick (Scottish 1879-1961)
A bronze figure of 'The Catapult' or 'Slingboy'
The figure of a young boy standing on a naturalistically modelled base pulling back a catapult, on a Swedish green marble base, the bronze signed Reid Dick, 35cm high (13 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    H. Granville Fell, Sir William Reid Dick, K.C.V.O., R.A., London, 1945, pl. 2.
    J. Cooper, Nineteenth Century Romantic Bronzes: French, English and American Bronzes 1830-1915


    The above model was exhibited by Reid Dick at the Royal Academy in 1911. Two versions are known. Giovanni Galziia for the Parlanti foundry cast a half size version and a larger version; the present example is half size.

    Sir William Reid Dick specialised in human and animal figures and was also commissioned to create various portraits. In the 'Slingboy' he has channelled the realism he employed for his many lifelike portraits into an idealised expression of male youth. The piece was described by Granville Fell as a 'well-balanced, tense figure, precise in modelling'. (Granville Fell, pl. 2).

    Reid Dick became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1921, and was elected president of the Royal Society of British Sculptors from 1933-1938. He was appointed Sculptor in Ordinary to King George VI as well as Queen Elizabeth II and many of his works can be found in London's Parks and Squares, notably the bronze of George V opposite the House of Parliament, the Statue of Roosevelt in Grosvenor Square and the eagle atop the Royal Air Force Monument on The Embankment.

    The piece recalls elements of Gilbert's Perseus Arming (1881-2), (see lot 121) created some three decades previously.

    For a similar example see Christie's, 7th June 2007, lot 35.
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Sir William Reid Dick (Scottish 1879-1961) A bronze figure of 'The Catapult' or 'Slingboy'
Sir William Reid Dick (Scottish 1879-1961) A bronze figure of 'The Catapult' or 'Slingboy'
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