Sir George Frampton RA (1860 - 1928)
RA Collection: Art
With its use of polychromatic materials and melancholic subject matter of the femme fatale, Lamia epitomises the ideals of the late 19th century Symbolist movement. Frampton's figure is not the sorceress of classical tradition but the Lamia of John Keats's eponymous poem (1819).
Keats's Lamia is a beautiful serpent-like creature who assumes female form to win the love of the mortal Lycius. When her true nature is exposed at their wedding, she vanishes and her husband dies.
Frampton's bust is composed of various materials. The skin is made of ivory and the clothing of bronze. The costume is decorated with opals, symbolic of shifting passions and ill fortune.
610 mm x 553 mm x 254 mm