An Alphabet of Allegorical Sculpture - O is for Opportunity

Statue of Opportunity.

I have a single picture of a statue of Opportunity, as a running man, holding a fabric, or seizing his opportunity. His hair is all in front as ‘when once with my winged feet I have swept past a man, never again, though greatly desiring, can he follow and catch me up’. A strange and unusual subject for an allegorical statue.

The sculptor was Henry Stormouth Leifchild, rather obscure, working towards the end of the 19th Century. The small number of his works I am aware of do not include anything else like this, though he did have the odd Biblical or mythological figure.

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