Winifred Turner, “Crouching Youth”, 1943, Cast Bronze and Plaster Model, 103 cm Height. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Winifred Turner, the daughter of the stone sculptor Alfred Turner, attended the Royal Academy Schools in London between 1924 and 1929. She was elected Fellow and Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1930, exhibiting at the Royal Academy between 1924 and 1962. Turner taught at the Central School of Art and Design, a London public school for fine and applied arts, in the 1930s and into the early 1940s.
This highly stylised figure of “Crouching Youth” reflects Turner’s interest in ancient sculpture and also her passion for dance. The bronze has a green patina and smooth surface suggesting the sinuous forms of the young male body.