Uphues, Joseph (1850-1911; German)
An Archer 1884 (cast dated 1889)
Bronze, 97.8 x 23.6 x 46.9 cm
Purchased, 1890
National Gallery of Victoria (p.58.3-1)

According to NGV 1905, this statuette was bought after being shown in the Centennial International Exhibition held in Melbourne in 1889. Bénézit lists it as Sagittarius – possibly its original title?

The sculptor, a Professor at the Berlin Academy, contributed statues of J.S.Bach, Frederick the Great and others to the famous Siegesallee in Berlin (dedicated in 1899).


AR 1890, p.42; SB, p.58 (Bronzes); NGV 1894, p.67 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.126); NGV 1905, p.65 (II.Stawell Gallery, no.101; ill.) [£80]

Not reproduced in NGV catalogue; author’s ID photo shown here (taken in NGVI, March 2020)  

For the artist, see Bénézit 13, p.1358 (this work is the sole example listed; titled Sagittarius, as noted); see also e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Uphues (with further references)