Behind the Rider sits dark care

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Alfred Gilbert


New Sculpture (19th Century British) painter, draftsman, sculptor, goldsmith and medalist

Behind the Rider sits dark care

41.5 cms | 16 1/4 ins
Bronze, cast

Victoria and Albert Museum

London | United Kingdom

'July 1966/ from David Peel/ Mount St Lon/ £300' on a label fixed to the reverse inscribed in ink.

"In his evocation of ancient chivalry and fears of mortality, Gilbert drew on Dürer's engravings and other Renaissance memento mori imagery. He often experimented with materials and surfaces. This work is an alloy that was similar to bronze but acquired a red patination pickling solutions were applied after casting.

The piece is called 'Post Equitem Sedet Atra Cura' (Behind the Rider sits Dark Care), and was made in 1899." (Source: V&A)