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By Osborne, James (British, 1940-1992)
This superb patinated bronze sculpture of a horse by James Osborne is a magnificent and expressive example of animalier equestrian sculpture.
This half-size patinated bronze sculpture of a horse is by the English sculptor James Osborne. Osborne, who was born in Brighton in 1940, found significant success during the 1980s. In 1985, Osborne opened a studio in Covent Garden (the present sculpture was originally placed outside of this studio) and was commissioned to sculpt a bronze of the Queen’s horse Burmese in 1987, which now resides in the Mews Museum in Windsor. Other important commissions included a bronze of the racehorse Eclipse, now at Newmarket; ‘Boy on a Magic Rocking Horse’ for Kensington Gardens in London; and the famous dolphin sculpture for the centre of Brighton Square.
The present half-size bronze depicts a standing Arab stallion, his gait set with a slight forward lean. The horse is naturalistically rendered, Osborne employing both anatomical precision and skill at evoking a sense of animation in the piece.
The sculpture, which is set on an integral base atop a wooden plinth, is signed ‘J Osborne’, numbered ‘3/7’, and dated ‘(19)84’.
Horse: Height 140cm, width 175cm, depth 40cm
Plinth: Height 50cm, width 127cm, depth 45cm
Total height: 190cm
Purchased from the sculptor by the uncle of the previous owner in the 1980's, originally standing outside his studio in Covent Garden, London.
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