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Bust of Madame Raymonde Bessard: M.4-1979

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bust of Madame Raymonde Bessard


Sculptor: Despiau, Charles
Founder: Valsuani, C.




Bronze, cast, with very dark brown, almost black patina. The sitter is shown full face, her eyes wide open, her features in repose. Her hair is parted on the right side and pulled back behind her ears into a mass of rough curls at the nape of the neck. She wears a V-necked garment. A series of seams are visible when the bust is viewed from above.


History note: From the collection of the painter Dunoyer de Segonzac; Bruton Gallery, Bruton, Somerset

Legal notes

Bought with the Gow Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 24.5 cm
Height: 45.5 cm
Width: 45.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1979) by Bruton Gallery


20th Century, Mid
Production date: after AD 1946 : Madame Bessard sat to Despiau between 1938 and June 1939 and between 1943 and May 1944. The bust was completed by August 1944 but was not cast in bronze until after the sculptor's death in 1946.

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Sculpture Depth 25.3 cm Height 46.5 cm Width 45.2 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with very dark brown, almost black patina

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C. Despiau
  • Location: On left of back from viewer
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 2/10
  • Type: Number

Inscription present: within a double-outlined rectangle with rounded corners

  • Location: On right of back facing viewer
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1979
Primary reference Number: 13719
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_4_1979
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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