Frank Dobson Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt 1923

Artwork details

Artist
Frank Dobson 1888–1963
Title
Sir Osbert Sitwell, Bt
Date 1923
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 318 x 178 x 229 mm, 9.8 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the executors of T.E. Lawrence 1950
Reference
N05938
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 T.E. 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.'

Frank Dobson was born in London in 1886, where he died in 1963.

August 2004

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