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Louis Colville Gray Clarke, Litt. D. (1881-1960): M.14-1951

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Louis Colville Gray Clarke, Litt. D. (1881-1960)


Sculptor: Epstein, Jacob




Bronze, cast, with green patina. Front view, full face, the hair brushed back. A flower in the button-hole of the coat.


History note: Purchased from the sculptor

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 20 3/4 in
Width: 21 in

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


20th Century, Mid
George VI
Production date: AD 1951


In 1941, Clarke gave the Museum Epstein’s bronze portrait-head of Romilly John (M.157-1941). Following his retirement, the Friends of the Fitzwilliam commissioned Epstein to make a portrait of Clarke. The present bronze is the only version to have been cast from the original model, which makes it doubly unique since all of Epstein’s other models were cast in multiple editions.

Louis Clarke was a British archaeologist. He was born in Croydon on 2 May 1881, tenth son and youngest of the fourteen children of Stephenson Clarke, coal factor, and his wife, Agnes Maria Bridger. He was Curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge, between 1922 and 1937 and then Director of Fitzwilliam Museum between 1937 and 1946. He was a fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Exterior composed of patina ( green)
Sculpture Depth 26.7 cm Height 53 cm Width 52.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze cast and patinated

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1951
Primary reference Number: 12446
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_14_1951
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 23 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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