Bronze with black patina

Unmounted:
9.75 inches (25 cm) high

Inc. Base:
12.75 inches (32 cm) high

One of only a handful of sculptures that Sargent ever produced, the charming group How They Met Themselves was inspired by D.G.Rossetti’s work of the same title. Rossetti produced a pen and ink drawing of this subject for G.P.Boyce and produced at least two watercolour replicas of it in the 1860’s. The pen and ink and one of the replicas are today in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. The subject is that of a pair of medieval lovers meeting their spirits or doppelgangers in a wood. Meeting an image of yourself was said to be a foreshadowing of the future, and it is this notion that rather fascinated Rossetti - as it did those interested in the world of the supernatural in Victorian times.

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