Sophie Louise White is best known for her contemporary wildlife sculptures and she is renowned for capturing the intrinsic essence of her subject. Irrespective of size, she sculpts with a harmonious balance of movement, elegance and motional poise.
With an astute eye for animal anatomy and forms that function, Sophie manipulates her materials to create an elegant, aesthetically balanced signature style.
Growing up on her family’s rare breeds farm, situated in Kent, Sophie was privileged to observe the beauty of the animal form first hand. Th...
Sculpture: 'Halcyon days- large (Pair Kingfishers Perched garden sculpture statue)' by Sophie-Louise White
Pair bronze Kingfishers Perched on Stylised Perch sculpture statue for sale for Outdoors Outside Exterior in Garden or Yard or terrace By the Imaginative Sophie Louise White Whon Writes... "The Halcyon is a bird of Greek legend and the name is now commonly given to the European Kingfisher. The ancients believed that the bird made a floating nest in the Aegean Sea and had the power to calm the waves while brooding her eggs. Fourteen days of calm weather were to be expected when the Halcyon was nesting - around the winter solstice, usually 21st or 22nd of December. The Halcyon days are generally regarded as beginning on the 14th or 15th of December.
The source of the belief in the bird`s power to calm the sea originated in a myth recorded by Ovid. The story goes that Aeolus, the ruler of the winds, had a daughter named Alcyone, who was married to Ceyx, the king of Thessaly. Ceyx was drowned at sea and Alcyone threw herself into the waves in a fit of grief. Instead of drowning, she was transformed into a bird and carried to her husband by the wind.
The myth came to the English-speaking world in the 14th century, when, in 1398, John Trevisa translated Bartholomew de Glanville`s De proprietatibus rerum into Middle English:
"In the cliffe of a ponde of occean, Alcion, a see foule, in wynter maketh her neste and layeth egges in vii days and sittyth on brood... seuen dayes."
By the 16th century the phrase `halcyon days` had lost its association with the nesting time of the bird and had taken on the figurative meaning of `calm days`. Shakespeare used the expression that way in Henry VI, Part I, 1592:
Assign`d am I to be the English scourge. This night the siege assuredly I`ll raise: Expect Saint Martin`s summer, halcyon days, Since I have entered into these wars.
168cm x 63cm x 55cm approximately
168 x 63 x 55 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 5 ft 6 1/7 in x 2 ft 4/5 in x 1 ft 9 2/3 in
Halcyon days- large (Pair Kingfishers Perched garden sculpture statue)
Blue green patina
Indoors and as a Garden Sculpture
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Peter de Sausmarez.
Dear Peter, Enclosed is photo of my lovely fox, placed into an area which I`m developing as a small bluebell and white birch woodland. I`m absolutely delighted with the sculpture! Would you please pass a copy on to Tessa (Hayward), with my thanks and very best wishes. Jenny
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