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Romilly: Head of an Infant: M.157-1941

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Current Location: In storage


Romilly: Head of an Infant


Sculptor: Epstein, Jacob




Bronze, cast with highly polished surface On a tall oblong block of stone set at right angles is the head of a child wearing a 'cap', which covers the ears. The eyes are sunk deeply in the full face.


History note: Purchased directly from the sculptor by the donor.

Legal notes

Given by L.C.G. Clarke, MA

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.6 cm
Height: 42.9 cm
Width: 16.1 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-09-25) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Edward VII
Early 20th century
Production date: AD 1907


Romily John (1906-86) was the son of the artist, Augustus John (1878-1961). This is the first of Epstein's three portraits of Romily as a child. It was conceived in 1907 and was cast in an edition of nine.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Base composed of stone Area 11.4 cm
Head composed of bronze Diameter 19.6 cm Height 20.3 cm Width 15.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.157-1941
Primary reference Number: 12397
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_157_1941
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 15 September 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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