Carrick seems to have often drawn inspiration from classical sculpture and the dynamic sense of movement and pent up kinetic energy in 'The Gunner' is reminiscent of the 'Zeus of Artemision' bronze which I think may have inspired Carrick's figure. Instead of thunderbolt or trident Carrick's figure balances a 20th century shell. a modern take on a more ancient imagery, an approach which Carrick would adopt again in his Artillery and Engineer's Panels at the Scottish National War Memorial (see 'Castle Rock).
Below - Carrick's pre war statuette 'A Boy Putting a Stone' which again appears inspired by the Artemision bronze. Around 1920 Carrick apparently executed a small bronze of 'A Girl Skipping' which may have been a complementary figure.
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