Horse and Rider - 1974: Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink Art in Mayfair
Horse and Rider, 1974: Elisabeth Frink

Created by the renowned sculptor and Royal Academician Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930–1993), the Grade II listed sculpture Horse and Rider, was moved to its new location at the corner of New Bond Street and Burlington Gardens, giving it greater prominence and space.

Previously situated on Dover Street, the bronze sculpture, which Frink described as "an ageless symbol of man and horse," has been donated by Crosstree Real Estate Partners to the City of Westminster for future generations to enjoy.  The new location also serves as a signpost marking the entrance to the Royal Academy at Burlington Gardens.

During her lifetime, Frink was celebrated for her courage, integrity, and style.  She was a popular sculptor whose work is admired internationally.  Animal figures, particularly horses, dominated her portfolio. Due to its fame, Horse and Rider was recast for another location in Winchester in 1983.

About Dame Elisabeth Frink (b. 1930)

Frink studied at Guildford School of Art (1947) and Chelsea School of Art (1949-53), exhibiting from the early 1950’s. She achieved popularity as a figurative sculptor and member if the post war group known as the ‘Geometry of Fear” school. She was fascinated with naturalistic forms, particularly the sensuality and strength of the make form. She taught sculpture at Chelsea, St Martin’s and the Royal College, an moved to France from 1967 to 1973 to explore abstract art. She became a royal Academician in 1977 and was appointed a BDBE in 1982. Her first major commission was for the Eagle lectern of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, and her last for the Risen Christ for the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool in 1993.


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