'Standing Nude (Bather)' Herbert Palliser 1883 – 1963

'Standing Nude (Bather)' Herbert Palliser 1883 – 1963

Circa 1940
Height 31.50 cm [1 ft ]
Width 10.00 cm [0 ft 4 ins]
Depth 8.00 cm [0 ft 3 ins]
£3,800.00

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Stone
Signed Palliser


Herbert Palliser 1883 – 1963
Born in Yorkshire, Palliser embodied the prevailing style
of his era. Originally training as an architect, Palliser
switched to become one of the last students to study
under Thomas Harvard at the Slade School of Art. By
all accounts he was a modest man, however, this did
not stop him fulfilling some heroic projects. Working
as he often did with architects, one can see when
one looks up at London’s forgotten skyline Palliser’s
Pediments carved for Victoria House, built in 1921 – 34
for the Liverpool Friendly Society. Other examples are
the rather apt figures; Security, Prudence, Foresight
and Unity, which adorn the The Moscow Narodny
Bank, and the portico to Vintry House – an Edwardian
gem saved from the wrecker’s ball, now squeezed up
against Thames House – whose central figure, a nude
Bacchante, was modelled on Leopoldine Avico, one
of the three Avico daughters who were ‘something of
an institution’ at the Slade between the Wars. │ The
stone sculpture here may well be the work ‘Bather’
(possibly an Avico daughter also) exhibited in 1940
with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society, of which
Palliser was a member. The statuesque figure could
be well described by a quotation from his obituary (a)
‘Sculptor (who) managed to combine successfully his
own pastoral lyricism with Hellenic formula of static
balance’, most appropriate… │ Palliser taught regularly
at the Royal College of Art and exhibited at the RA
Summer Shows (1921 – 56), the New English Art Club,
the Royal Academy, the Walker Art Gallery, the Leeds
City Art Gallery and at the Royal Glasgow Institute of
the Fine Arts. Other noteworthy commissions include a
Memorial in Calcutta 1924, The Cobra Fountain in New
Delhi 1932 and The Roosevelt Memorial in Westminster
Abbey 1946. In 1943 he was elected a Fellow of of the
Royal Society of British Sculptors.