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‘Eve’ was purchased by Sir Philip Hendy on behalf of Harlow Development Corporation and donated to the Harlow Art Trust by Ben Hyde Harvey. Hendy used his influence to acquire the work from the Rodin Museum in Paris for £2,360 in 1959. The cast was one of a limited edition.
In 1987, an attempt was made to steal ‘Eve’ by wrapping a chain around its base. While the sculpture was not stolen, it was damaged and was taken away for repair. ‘Eve’ was eventually returned to the Water Gardens in 1990, once the council had undertaken refurbishment of the area. Its current base coincided with its return, and the work has been strengthened with a steel rod running through the figure and into the ground.
‘Eve’, a companion to ‘Adam’, was to be part of the sculptural project, ‘The Gates of Hell’, which remained unfinished at Rodin’s death.
In 2013, Eve was loaned to the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green for the exhibition ‘Moore Rodin’ and was cleaned before its return.
H 170 x W (?) x D (?) cm
donated to Harlow Art Trust by Harlow Development Corporation
Harlow Art Trust
at all times
front right corner of the base: A. Rodin