During the 1920s Dobson received much critical acclaim for his portraits, such as 'Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt', 1922, in the Tate Gallery. 'Mary', however, was a private work which represents Caroline Mary Bussell, Dobson's model and second wife, whom he married in 1926. The smoothly rounded forms can be compared to the rougher modelling found in the portrait busts of Epstein. Dobson visited France in 1926, which revived his interest in Matisse, whose influence can be seen in his work of 1926-7. This cast is number one of an edition of three.
Gallery label, September 2004