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Phryne before Praxiteles

unveiled 27 March 1903


Percival Ball

England, Australia

17 Feb 1845 – 04 Apr 1900

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    unveiled 27 March 1903
    Media category
    Materials used
    bronze relief
    2620.0 x 3440.0 cm
    Purchased 1903
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Percival Ball

    Works in the collection


    Artist information
    Singer and Sons, Foundry

    Works in the collection


  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

    • 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, Sydney, Mar 2003, 16 (colour illus.), 17 (colour illus., detail).

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

    • 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, 'Mural decoration at the Art Gallery: Unveiling a bronze sculpture', Sydney, 28 Mar 1903, page unknown.

    • 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