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The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)
The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)

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The sculpture depicts a rearing muscular horse restrained by a standing male figure. The horse is sturdy and has a thick neck, suggestive of the Baroque tradition of depicting horses. The male figure is depicted bare foot and with his shirt sleeves and trouser legs rolled up, identifying him as a worker or servant. The man is holding the halter of the horse, restraining it. Based on the famous Dioscuri in Rome, the motif was revived in Renaissance painting, medals and bronze statuettes as an allegorical group signifying passion (the horse) restrained by reason (man).

Title

The Horse and His Master (Horse and Horse Tamer)

Date

1874

Medium

bronze & stone

Measurements

H 270 x W 220 x D 164 cm;
Plinth: H 170 x W 206 x D 164 cm

Accession number

B91_RA_S039

Acquisition method

gift from Captain Oliver Bird M.C.J.P., High Sheriff of Warwickshire

Work type

Equestrian

Owner

Birmingham City Council

Custodian

Birmingham City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

15th December 1953

Listing date

22/07/76

Inscription description

bronze plaque on the west face of the plinth, in raised letters: THIS STATUE WAS GIVEN TO SOLIHULL BY / CAPTAIN OLIVER BIRD M.C.J.D. / HIGH SHERIFF OF WARWICKSHIRE 1943-44 / IN MEMORY OF HIS FATHER / SIR ALFRED H. BIRD BARONET. D.L. / OF TUDOR GRANGE SOLIHULL / FROM WHICH PLACE IT WAS REMOVED IN 1953.

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