Frank Dobson

Margaret Rawlings

1937

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 571 x 559 x 546 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented anonymously 1937
Reference
N05028

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This bust of the actress Margaret Rawlings is one of several commissioned portraits made by Dobson throughout his career. In the 1920s Dobson was regarded as an avant-garde sculptor. He was a leading member of the London Group, and his works, which were influenced by Cubism and primitive art, were praised by Roger Fry and the Bloomsbury circle of intellectuals. In the 1930s, however, his reputation as an innovatory artist declined as his work became increasingly neo-classical, and close in spirit to the overtly more traditional French sculptors, Maillol and Despiau. This portrait study has an expressive and informal quality reminiscent of the 'Mediterranean' mood of many of Maillol's nudes.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N05028 MARGARET RAWLINGS 1937
 
Inscr. ‘Dobson’ on back.
Bronze, 22 1/2×22×21 1/2 (57×56×55).
Presented by an anonymous donor 1937.
Exh: R.A., 1936 (1575).
Repr: Apollo, XXIV, 1936, p.48; Earp, 1945, pl.27.

Other casts of the bronze are at Manchester and Leeds. Margaret Rawlings (Lady Barlow), b. 1906, actress, made her first stage appearance in Charles Macdona's Shaw Repertory Company in 1927. She married Sir Robert Barlow in 1942.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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