Frank Dobson
Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt 1923

Artwork details

Frank Dobson 1888–1963
Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt
Date 1923
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 318 x 178 x 229 mm, 9.8 kg
Acquisition Presented by the executors of T.E. Lawrence 1950
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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Frank Dobson was a sculptor and painter associated with the post-impressionist and, briefly, vorticist movements in Britain. In 1921 he met Osbert Sitwell (1892–1969), an establishment figure and writer of short stories, travel books, essays, poetry and art criticism, who sat for him for three months. During one of the sittings, Sitwell met TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, who bought the bust and later bequeathed it to the Tate. Lawrence described it as ‘appropriate, authentic and magnificent, in my eyes. I think it’s his finest piece of portraiture and in addition it’s as loud as the massed bands of the Guards.’

September 2016

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