ART - Frederick J. HALNON (1881-1958, British)
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Frederick James Halnon, R.B.S.S., bronze, "The Crown of Victory", exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1919, bronze with dark green patina resting on a dark green marble plinth, inscribed plaque affixed to the front of the plinth, signed "F. Halnon" on the back of neck, 14 1/2 inches tall. Halnon began studying at the Goldsmith’s Institute aged only 11 and went on to become modelling master at the same institution, living and working for most of his life in south east London. In 1906, the artist joined the Royal British Society of Sculptors thanks to Alfred Drury’s sponsorship. Francis Derwent-Wood – ten years senior and Royal Sculptor since 1904 – was another fundamental figure in supporting Halnon’s appointment, seconding his nomination. Halnon was an enthusiast of the New Sculpture movement and greatly admired the work of its initiator and foremost supporter, Frederic Lord Leighton. The artist exhibited a portrait plaque of Leighton in 1906 at the Royal Academy, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his death (1896) and his influence in the development of the plastic arts in late 19th-century Britain. The large majority of the sculptor’s oeuvre dates to