Bertram Mackennal (Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal ) (Australian 12 June 1863 – 10 October 1931) "Salomé" bronze sculpture. This rare cast from the year 1896 is part of the important first edition of 20 with the foundry seal for E.Gruet Jeune Fondeur 44 Avenue de Chatillion Paris. Signed B.MACKENNAL LONDON .SALOME . E1 Is faintly legible within the cast. Salome became a cult figure after Oscar Wilde's highly controversial play of the same name in 1891 and was banned in England, it was not until 1905 that play was staged in London. The present sculpture was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897, exhibition number 2053 with a price of 25 pounds. Salomé was cast only in this size and was a resounding success at the exhibition and met with critical acclaim for it's symbolic eroticism.
The sculpture is held in many public collections includin
g The Art Gallery of New South Wales; National Gallery of Australia; The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne; S H Ervin Gallery, Sydney; Preston Museum and Art Gallery, UK; and The Royal Collection.
This sculpture of Salomé has been exhibited countless times and illustrated in numerous books. Bertram Mackennal in his day was tremendously popular with famous singers, actresses, he was also a member of the Royal Academy and his works were collected by the Tate Gallery in London.
Dimensions: Total height 12 &3/4 inches.