Pegasus English bronze horse by Onslow Whiting

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Pegasus English bronze horse by Onslow Whiting


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Pegasus – An English bronze horse’s head by Onslow Whiting


A green patinated bronze head of Pegasus – a mythical winged horse. The piece showing a horses head with wings at the side. Signed in the bronze Onslow Whiting and dated 1920. Black marble base. A very striking piece and an unusual subject


Onslow Whiting 1872-1937 Worked: 1891 – 1937 Sculptor, silversmith, goldsmith, jeweller, teacher. Born in Shoreditch, London. His father was a house decorator and his mother, who became head of the family when Onslow was quite young, worked as a dressmaker. All his siblings were put to work in the tailoring trade. However by 1905 he was successful enough to build a house in Letchworth which was designed by the Scottish architect, Albert Randall Wells (1877-1942). Whiting added a studio in 1910 to a design by the Leicester-based architect, Cecil Horace Hignett (1879-1960). He was one of the founding members of the ‘Guild of Art Craftsmen’, comprising George Montague Ellwood, J Osmond (a carver), and Richard Garbe (sculptor), a break away group of many talented artists and craftsmen formed just before the turn of the 1900’s, working closely together and holding regular exhibitions of their works, situated at Camden Square, London.

Between about 1901-27 Whiting worked as a teacher of silversmithing and goldsmithing, metal casting, modelling, etc. at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. Known works by him include Letchworth’s memorial to the fallen of the First World War, which is located in Station Place (unveiled 11 December 1921). In 1928-9 Whiting visited north Africa (Tangiers) and c.1937 travelled to South America. He lived in Cornwall for the last decade of his life but died at St Catherine’s Nursing Home, Letchworth and was buried locally in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin.

Pegasus is a famous pterippus, a mythical winged divine stallion who is one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology. Pegasus is a child of the Olympian god Poseidon. He was foaled by the Gorgon Medusa upon her death.

Greco-Roman poets wrote about the ascent of Pegasus to heaven after his birth, and his subsequent obeisance to Zeus, king of the gods, who instructed him to bring lightning and thunder from Olympus. Friend of the Muses, Pegasus created Hippocrene, the fountain on Mt. Helicon.

Date – English 1920

Condition – Good original condition – a little loose on the base

Dimensions – Approximate height 23 cm and overall maximum width 19cm depth 11cm

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