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Dolores: M.2-1945

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Current Location: In storage


La Bohemienne


Sculptor: Epstein, Jacob




Bronze, cast. The head is supported on a slender neck. The chin is tilted up a little, the lips are parted, and a fringe of hair covers the forehead.

Legal notes

Given by Mr J. Howard Bliss

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38.9 cm
Height: 38.3 cm
Width: 27.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1945) by Bliss, J. Howard


20th Century, Early
George V
Production date: AD 1923


Epstein met 'the beautiful and fantastic' Dolores (Norine Fournier Lattimore née Schofield, 1894-1934) in 1921, when she was a nightclub artiste. Having invited her to live with him and his wife, he made four portraits of her between 1922 and 1923, of which this is the first. However, the original plaster model was abandoned as a failure until c.1931, when Epstein reappraised it as 'a very vivid and spontaneous sketch of her', and had several bronzes cast of the whole bust and, as here, the head alone.

For a discussion of this and the other two studies of Dolores made by Epstein between 1922-3, see pp. 108-9 of 'Let there be Sculpture' by J. Epstein, where he regards this last study to be 'the best work I did from the beautiful and fantastic Dolores'.

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  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Base Area 20.2 cm
Head Diameter 38.9 cm Height 32.9 cm Width 27.4 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: name with '3' after it

  • Text: Epstein
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.2-1945
Primary reference Number: 12403
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_2_1945
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 21 September 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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