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Limited edition of 9 : edition 6/9 available to order ~ nearly sold out


Created with inspiration from a pioneering open water suffragette female swimmer Lily Smith.


Lily had earned the title of “Champion of all London” before she was 15 years old by virtue of her success in many competitions.


During her sixteenth year she swam for five hours side by side a man, who was at the time attempting to cross the channel.  In 1907 Lily Smith (17 years) was the only woman to compete in the first Richmond to Blackfriars race alongside 32 men.

It is undoubtedly true that the development of swimming for women was started in the late nineteenth century with girls like Lily Smith.    Lily's endurance feats illustrated one of the small steps that women took “in the journey towards acceptance in the male-dominated recreational sphere”. The early open swimmers were linked to the “new woman” movement,  asserting their independence beyond the more restrictive social roles of earlier decades.  


It is not just about the act of swimming - it is a celebration of life.


A bronze sculpture stands proudly, as a timeless testament.


Its form, frozen in time, captivates viewers with its intricate details and graceful contours. The rich patina of the bronze surface tells a story of age and endurance, a silent witness to the passage of time.


Each curve and line whispers of the creator's hands, breathing life into the inert metal  - whether capturing a moment of triumph, a fleeting emotion, or an eternal truth, the bronze sculpture invites contemplation and reflection, bridging the gap between art and reality.


With its enduring presence, it stands as a symbol of beauty and strengt, transcending generations to inspire awe and admiration for centuries to come.


Mounting options - timber, sandstone, brick, rock, concrete or any solid surface.


  • always limited edition series

  • made in UK/Ireland by family foundries with over 95 years experience

  • certificate of authenticity

Suitable for in or outdoor settings.

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Lily diving girl/ Foundry bronze


    Sculptures can be shipped world wide at cost, no VAT payable on exports outside the UK


    Metric – H: 125 W: 60 D: 40 centimetres (height / width / depth)

    Imperial – H: 50 W: 24 D: 16 inches  (height / width / depth)

    Weight -   55 kgs 

    Medium: Foundry bronze

    Foundry Bronze – refers to the poured molten metal that is cast solid or hollow, depending on size, at a bronze foundry (using the traditional lost wax process). It is more robust and will appreciate in value.

    Production time:

    Foundry bronze ~ 8 - 10 weeks upon receipt of deposit

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