Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885 - 1934)

Unbound sketchbook with Studies for Scandal


SKU: 2888
17 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. (44 x 26 cm.)
Provenance: The Artist’s Daughter

Height – 26cm x Width – 44cm

1 in stock


The Artist’s Daughter

A few examples of studies for Scandal included in this sketchbook;

Right foot – left foot
charles sargeant jagger study for scandal

Right hand – left hand
charles sargeant jagger study for scandal 2

Clenched feet
charles sargeant jagger study for scandal 3

charles sargeant jagger study for scandal 4

Nude with hands raised
charles sargeant jagger study for scandal 5

Model with coffee cup

Scandal depicts a naked couple embracing while an audience of
disapproving onlookers in the background peer at them with mouths agape
and hands raised in horror. The 1.6 x 1.5 metre relief was boldly
displayed in the drawing room of society couple Henry and Gwen Mond
where it both scandalised and satirised 1930s polite society with its
reference to the couple’s earlier ménage à trois with the writer
Gilbert Cannan.

Scandal was commissioned by Henry Mond (heir to the ICI fortune and
later the second Lord Melchett) and his wife Gwen in 1930 for their
drawing room at Mulberry House, Smith Square, Westminster. The relief
is a humorous play on the relationship between the couple’s public
notoriety and private life. It is a highly original work of art, rich
in symbolism, and was an integral part of their celebrated 1930s Art
Deco interior.

Mark Jones, Director of the V&A, said: “Scandal is a wonderful
example of Jagger’s work and was a daring riposte by Henry Mond to
1930s society. This is a welcome addition to the V&A’s 20th century
British Sculpture gallery.”

Charles Sargeant Jagger was born in Kilnhurst near Sheffield in 1885.
In 1908 he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of
Art where he studied sculpture and modelling until 1911. He served in
the First World War in the Dardenelles and on the Western Front and was
wounded three times, the last time seriously. In 1918 and he was made
an Official British War Artist for the Ministry of Information.
Following the war, he undertook numerous war memorial commissions of
which the most famous is the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park
Corner (1925).

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Charles Sargeant Jagger
Charles Sargeant
1885 - 1934

British sculptor. He was a highly regarded student at the Royal College of Art, London (1908’11), whose early sculpture showed a fanciful treatment of classical and literary themes. In 1914 he gave up the Prix de Rome to enlist in the army. He began work on No Man’s Land (1919’20; London, Tate) while still convalescing from war wounds. This low relief presents a stark vision of trench warfare. Corpses stranded on barbed wire are ranged across a ravaged landscape, while the solitary live figure of the look-out in the foreground, a surrogate for the spectator, uses them for cover. Jagger attempted to maintain such realism in commissioned war memorials, most successfully in the Royal Artillery memorial (1921’5; London, Hyde Park Corner; see Monument, public, fig. 4). His obsessive concern for detail, shared by the regimental committee who commissioned the work, reached its zenith in the stone replica of a howitzer, which surmounts his vivid representation of war as hard and dangerous labour. Although he remained in demand as a sculptor of monuments, it is for his war memorials that he is chiefly remembered. He received a Military Cross in World War I and was made an ARA in 1926.


SKU: 2888

Charles Sargeant Jagger (1885 - 1934)

Unbound sketchbook with Studies for Scandal