The Horse – A Sculptural Icon

Exhibition at Sladmore St James’s

The horse remains an enduring symbol of power, hope and renewal in sculpture. Spanning 200 years, the exhibition affords an opportunity to see how sculptural depictions of the horse have evolved - from the masters of the 19th century to contemporary sculptors practising today. The horse is a symbol of eternal interest to sculptors, embodying notions of nobility, freedom and vitality – its complex anatomy and sophisticated movement pose a challenge to the sculptors. Integral to transport, farming, hunting, production and recreation, depictions of the horse tell our history as well as serving as artworks.

Highlights of the exhibition include: Degas’ ‘Thoroughbred Horse Walking’ is one of his most famous and popular subjects of his career, surpassed only by his dancers; Nic Fiddian-Green’s sculptures are familiar in both city and rural landscapes - a carving in lapis of his signature ‘horse at water’ sculpture, as seen in monumental scale at Marble Arch, London; Rembrandt Bugatti’s rare Percheron Stallion, which has been displayed in museums around the world; visitors to the UK’s most famous race course Ascot, will recognise the works of Mark Coreth and Charlie Langton; Nicola Theakston ‘Draught Horse’ showing the contemporary drama of a heavy horse, contrasting in style with the famous American Artist Herbert Haseltine’s interpretation.

We are delighted that these sculptures can be viewed in person from the 21st April.

Artists featured include:
Antoine Louis Barye, Rembrandt Bugatti, Isidore-Jules Bonheur, Arthur Comte du Passage, Mark Coreth, Edgar Degas, Sophie Dickens, Nic Fiddian Green, Christophe Fratin, Herbert Haseltine, Emmanuel Fremiet, Charlie Langton, Ernest Meissonier, Pierre-Jules Mene, Joseph Franz Pallenberg and Walter Roche.

All works and a digital catalogue can be viewed on

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