Atalanta (Francis Derwent Wood sculpture)
Atalanta is a statue by English sculptor Francis Derwent Wood. It depicts a naked woman, standing in a contrapposto position, glancing to her left, with her left hand by her side and right hand raised to her shoulder. The subject is Atalanta, a virgin huntress from Greek mythology; she may be preparing for the foot race she used as an obstacle to prevent suitors securing a marriage.
There are three main versions: a plaster version was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1907; a 175 centimetres (69 in) high marble sculpture exhibited there in 1909 and presented to Manchester Art Gallery by the National Art Collections Fund in 1919; and a bronze casting which was erected by friends of the sculptor from Chelsea Arts Club at Chelsea Embankment Gardens, to the west side of Albert Bridge, in 1929, three years after Wood's death.
The bronze statue in London received a Grade II listing in 1969. The original casting was stolen in 1991 and replaced by a replica. Nearby is David Wynne's Boy with a Dolphin, and Edward Bainbridge Copnall 1971 statue of David, a copy of the sculpture by Wood atop the Machine Gun Corps Memorial.
- Francis Derwent Wood Memorial, Embankment Gardens, National Heritage List for England, Historic England
- Atalanta, Statue, Chelsea Embankment, Public Monuments and Sculpture Association
- Full-length statue of Atalanta by Francis Derwent Wood, ArtFund
- Sculptures from Academy architecture, 1904–1908. A collection of all the sculptures published in vols. 25–34 of Academy Architecture, p. 111.