Mtec have recently been tasked with the collection from Pangolin Editions of a new bronze cast of the iconic sculpture ‘Physical Energy’ by G. F. Watts. The fabrication and installation of the work marks a return to its original placing in the courtyard of the Royal Academy, London, 113 years after it was first in situ in 1904.
A Victorian Royal Academian, George Frederic Watts OM (1817–1904) was the first living artist to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and his works helped to form the collections of the Tate and National Portrait Gallery in their infancy. As a sculptor in the Victorian age, Watts created several iconic public commissions throughout his career and his ambition to revive the question monument led to personal commissions for members of the British aristocracy. ‘Physical Energy’ is a great example of how his private work served to act as a cumulative study for his ambitious public projects, and after initial posthumous presentation in the RA courtyard in 1904, further casts were shipped and show in Cape Town, Harare and closer to home in Kensington Gardens.In 2017, the Watts Gallery Trust commissioned this fourth bronze cast of Physical Energy to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Watts. Following its presentation at the RA, the cast will be installed permanently at the Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village in Compton, Surrey.The work is being exhibited in the Annenburg Courtyard, Royal Academy of the Arts in collaboration with the Watts Gallery Trust and will be on display from Nov, 20 2017 – Mar, 30 2018