An artist-in-residence at Dartmouth College in 1963 and 1968, Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones created distinctive sculptures in wood, stone, ivory, and bronze that varied in scale from a few inches high to life-sized. The artist studied under Robert Jackson Emerson at the Wolverhampton School of Art between 1924 and 1929. Upon graduation, he received a Borough Scholarship to complete his graduate work at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1934, Huxley-Jones received a prestigious Prix de Rome Scholarship, but he was unable to take it up due to financial constraints. He spent the rest of his career teaching sculpture at the Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, Scotland, and working on public commissions in Great Britain and the United States.
Fountain Figure sits in a commemorative courtyard and is dedicated by the Class of 1943 to Dartmouth classmates who lost their lives in World War II. Surrounded by monuments to fallen Dartmouth students and alumni, the piece strikes a melancholy chord. Fountain Figure is an example of the stripped-down visual aesthetic that became common in the postwar era. The stretched and emaciated form makes reference to the suffering inherent in global conflict and, in particular, to the survivors of the Holocaust. The use of water and the figure's upturned face, however, imply a hopeful future.
Collection of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of the Class of 1943, in Memory of Our Classmates Who Gave Their Lives in Defense of Our Freedom, 1942–1945; S.964.204
Last Updated: 10/23/13