Questions about Randolph Caldecott
|A picture of one copy was used on the back cover of a record album by Ian Brown, entitled "Unfinished Monkey Business".|
|A photo of Lenin's desk showed another copy of the same sculpture on it.|
|In Sept 2003, a correspondent from South America kindly sent us the 2nd & 3rd pictures of another copy of this sculpture which are shown above. There are subtle differences: note especially the calipers held in the chimp's right foot. This suggests that more than one sculptor produced versions, maybe based on a picture by Randolph which we haven't yet traced? Can anyone help?|
M.S. has found out that, contrary to the plaque on the first picture above, one of these sculptures was produced by Hugo Rheinhold. Thanks to all who have told us about several other websites which mention it:
|http://library.uwsp.edu/aschmetz/Rheinhold's_Monkey/Rheinhold's_Monkey_Page.htm which includes Databases of known bronze copies, prices of those which have been sold, and info about a recent flood of cheap plaster copies;|
|www.csw-berlin.de/JochenRichter/start.htm where the sculpture is used for the cover of a book;|
|The copy on Lenin's desk, together with a picture of the
desk and info about several other copies in medical schools worldwide, are mentioned on the Harvard
Medical School website: www.countway.harvard.edu/bml/rheinhold.htm|
This has much info about Hugo Rheinhold, and says "The first known piece of his work, [this statue,] which achieved great acclaim, was shown at the Great Exhibition in Berlin in 1892."
If anyone can tell us any more about Randolph Caldecott's part in these sculptures, please email us: see bottom of this page.
Q: "I have a Caldecott Picture Book, but don't know when it was published. How can I tell if it is a First Edition?"
A: See our Editions page.