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An image of Phryne before Praxiteles by Percival Ball, Singer and Sons, Foundry

Percival Ball

(England, Australia 17 Feb 1845 – 04 Apr 1900)

Singer and Sons, Foundry

(England  – )

Phryne before Praxiteles
Place of origin
SydneyNew South WalesAustralia
unveiled 27 Mar 1903
Media category
Materials used
bronze relief

2620.0 x 3440.0 cm

Purchased 1903
Accession number
Front of the Gallery
Bibliography (9)

Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987. no catalogue numbers

Noel Hutchinson, Early Australian sculpture, from its beginnings up to circa 1920, 'From Goldrush to Boom', Ballarat, 1977. not paginated

Peter Laverty (Editor), Art Gallery of New South Wales Quarterly, Sydney, Jan 1972.

Natalie Wilson, Look, 'Centenarian sculpture: how the Gallery façade got its first bronze panel', pg. 16-17, Newtown, Mar 2003, 16 (colour illus.), 17 (colour illus., detail).

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Sydney Morning Herald, 'National Art Gallery', Sydney, 28 Mar 1903, page unknown. Description of unveiling of the sculpture which took place on March 27, 1903.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, Sydney, 26 Mar 1903, page unknown. 'Tomorrow, at 2 p.m., the trustees of the National Art Gallery will unveil the bronze design, "Phyrne before Praxiteles," by the late Percival Ball. This work occupies one of the exterior architectural panels of the new wing of the gallery, and is the first of a proposed series of illustrations in bronze of different periods of art. The public are invited to attend the function'.

Editor Unknown (Editor), The Art Journal, London, 1908, 197. References to Assyrian panels

Editor Unknown (Editor), Daily telegraph, 'Mural decoration at the Art Gallery: Unveiling a bronze sculpture', Sydney, 28 Mar 1903, page unknown.

Editor Unknown (Editor), Sydney mail and New South Wales advertiser, 'Phryne and Praxiteles', Sydney, 08 Apr 1903, page unknown (illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Australian sculpture 1890-1919, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1987–22 Feb 1987