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Third Portrait of Oriel Ross: M.6-1948

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Current Location: Gallery 4


Third Portrait of Oriel Ross


Sculptor: Epstein, Jacob




Bronze, cast, with golden bronze finish. The sitter is shown front view, full face, with her left arm folded across her chest and her left hand resting on the upper part of the right arm.

no. 1 of an edition of 3, with later additional casts known

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Chester Beatty

Measurements and weight

Height: 66 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948) by Beatty, Chester, Mrs.


20th Century, second quarter#
George V
Production date: AD 1931


The sitter, Oriel Ross (1907-1994) was a stage and screen actor who made her debut aged 16. By the time she appeared in Diaghilev’s 'Ballet Ode' (1928), Epstein had already made two portraits of her. The first incorporated the upper part of her torso, the second, only her head. The present bust was conceived in 1931, following the 24-year-old’s return to London from Broadway, and includes her left arm folded across her body. Like many sculptors before him, Epstein grappled with the length of torso to include in his portraits, and how the arms should be shown (if included at all).

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  • Sculpture UK

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Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with golden brown finish

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1948
Primary reference Number: 12414
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_6_1948
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

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

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