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Judith the model returns

Alfred George Stevens has graced these pages twice before.  Once with a beatific portrait of Judith (“Judith is beautific“) and once with this same model shown today (“Judith the model“).  He obviously had a high opinion of the heroine.

 

Judith (1862) Stevens

Alfred George Stevens, Model of “Judith” for the Dome of St Paul’s, c.1862, Bronze, 42.5 x 22.5 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK

 

I still cannot find any confirmation that Judith ever made it to the dome of St. Paul’s, so I am assuming she did not.  And then to be stuck back in storage … how sad. The V&A also owns the 24 cm plaster cast sketch model, also in storage.  But hey! At least she gets remembered here.

See you at the V&A!

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Posted by on April 14, 2015 in Exploring

 

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Judith the model

Alfred George Stevens, Model of “Judith” for the Dome of St Paul’s, c.1862, Bronze,                  42.5 x 22.5 cm, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England, UK

In a previous post (May 21, 2012), I discussed Alfred George Stevens and the Wellington Monument in St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.   Begun in 1857, the model took 10 years to complete and the monument itself was unfinished at Stevens’ death in 1875.   However somewhere in all that work he was doing, Stevens found time to design a model of Judith for the dome of St. Paul’s.  I cannot find any confirmation that Judith ever made it to the dome of St. Paul’s.  Pity.   She would have had a great view of the Jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill; the marriage of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; the thanksgiving services for both the Golden Jubilee and 80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II …

And the bird woman from Mary Poppins.

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Glory

 

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