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George V by Sydney March

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Artist: Sydney March

George V, cast in bronze by Elkington, London, 1911. 

Sydney March was born in Stoneferry, Kingston upon Hull, in 1876. He was the second of nine children, eight of whom became artists; three sculptors, Sydney, Elsie, and Vernon. By the turn of the 19th century the family had moved to Battersea, London and by 1911 all nine siblings were living together at 'Goddendene', a 17 room house at Locksbottom, Farnbourough in Kent. Here they established their studios and a metal foundry. Sydney studied at the Royal Academy Schools and in 1900 was awarded first prize for a model he produced. Between 1906 and 1932, March exhibited at The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts a total of seventeen works, primarily portrait busts, statuettes, and equestrian statues. In addition to casting works at the family foundry, Sydney also had his work cast by the silversmith and bronze foundry of Elkington & Co.;This present work being an example of this collaboration.One of Sydney's first commissions was a bust of Edward VII, after which the British Royal Family visited Goddendene and the relationship between Sydney March and the Royal Family was established.

English circa 1911, inscribed to the reverse 'Sydney March 1911 Elkington & Co, London'.

Standing 13 inches high on an ebonized wooden socle and 9 inches across the shoulders.

Item Code: 2522

£ 1450

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