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Sir George Frampton RA British, 1860-1928

Sir George Frampton was born in London, the son of a stone carver, he trained as an architect before studying sculpture at Lambeth School of Art and later at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won a Gold Medal and a Travelling Scholarship to Paris to the studio of Antonin Mercie, 1887.

 

Along side Hamo Thornycroft, Harry Bates, Alfred Drury, Bertam Mackennal, George Frampton and Alfred Gilbert, Frampton was a central figure of the New Sculpture movement, who rejected classical prototypes in favour of new allegorical subjects, expressing abstract ideas about the human condition. Part of the New Sculpture phenomenon was what came to be termed the ‘Cult of the Statuette’, which had links to concepts of the house beautiful and the home as a place where art could inspire or give expression to an aesthetic ideal. In the 1880s and 1890s the production of statuettes became a major new business and an important method by which the New Sculpture was disseminated.

 

Frampton received numerous honours and produced many public monuments, including a number of statues of Queen Victoria, Queen Mary, and the Edith Cavell Memorial 1920. His most iconic work is his sculpture of J.M Barrie’s famous literary character, Peter Pan. Placed in Kensington Gardens, Frampton’s Pan is enchanting and unsettling; elevating both eternal youth and celebrating magic.