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    David Wynne (1926-2014)
    Girl with a Dolphin, 1972
    Bronze
    84 inches (213.4 cm)
    Ed. 4/6
    Incised with signature and numbering along lower edge: David Wynne 4/6

    PROVENANCE:
    Estate of Neison and Bette Harris, Highland Park, Illinois;
    Private collection, Chicago, Illinois, by descent.

    EXHIBITED:
    David Findlay Gallery, New York.

    NOTE:
    This version of Girl with a Dolphin by David Wynne (1926-2014) was made in 1972. Three years later, a larger version was installed in London on the north bank of the Thames near Tower Bridge and became one of the capital's most recognized and best-loved sculptures along with Wynne's Boy with a Dolphin (1975), which is to be found beside the Albert Bridge in Chelsea.

    David Wynne was a self-taught sculptor who initially studied zoology at Cambridge. As author David Elliott noted in his book, Boy with a Dolphin: The Life and Work of David Wynne, "His love of drawing animals and birds was all-consuming. He remembers constantly observing what he saw around him, seized with a growing conviction that his future life's work would somehow be involved with the natural world" (London, 2010, p. 15).

    The artist was meticulous with his practice, always working from life to study the people, animals and birds he portrayed. To capture the experience of swimming with a dolphin he spent hours under water watching and interacting with the animals in both California, and the Dolphinarium in London.

    We are very grateful to Nicola Bennett for her assistance in preparing this catalogue entry.




    Condition Report*: Possible area of bronze disease to the lower half of the dolphin; areas of patina loss; moderate surface soiling. Does not come with a base.
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    November, 2020
    19th Thursday
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