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Dolores: M.2-1945

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Titles

Dolores
La Bohemienne

Maker(s)

Epstein, Jacob (Sculptor)

Description

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

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Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 20th century
1920s
George V
Production date: AD 1923

Note

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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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

Bronze

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: Wednesday 15 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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