On public display for the first time is a sculpture of a Naiad by the Glaswegian artist Alec Miller.
Miller originally carved two versions of Naiad, one c1918 in alabaster, the other a few years later in limewood. This version is a modern casting in bronze. A Naiad was a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks and the sculpture shows a Naiad amongst bull rushes. If the Naiad’s body of water dried, she died.
Miller trained as a woodcarver in Glasgow. He joined C.R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft in 1902, just as it was moving to Chipping Campden from the East End of London. He stayed in Campden after the failure of the Guild in 1908, broadening his work to become both carver and sculptor, craftsman and artist. Miller specialised in portrait sculpture and made telling studies of children, examples of which can be seen at the Museum. In 1939 he emigrated to California, where he had a successful career. Miller died in 1961.
The curator, Sarah McCormick Healy “This an exciting new addition to our collection of sculptures by Alec Miller. In his early years Miller carved whatever he was asked to carve, undertaking a lot of commissions for the church. Including a statue of St Michael for Coventry Cathedral, which was destroyed during the WWII. He apparently longed for “some really pagan work to do”, therefore to have this bronze representing Greek mythology on display is fantastic”
Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6JE
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About Court Barn Museum
Court Barn Museum is an independent museum and the brainchild of a group of local enthusiasts called the Guild of Handicraft Trust. The museum was created through the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and monies raised by the Guild of Handicraft Trust.
This groundbreaking museum, situated in the Cotswold town of Chipping Campden, tells the story of how a small town, in a beautiful setting, became a gathering place for creative people at the start of the 20th Century and continues to attract designers and makers today. Highlights include work by C.R.Ashbee, F.L Griggs and Katharine Adams.
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