Catalogue entry

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 15 1/2×9×9 (39×23×23).
Presented by Somerset Maugham 1952.
Exh: Arts Council, Tate Gallery, September–November 1952 (59), lent by the sculptor.
Lit: Epstein, 1955, p.235; Buckle, 1963, pp.354, 429, plaster repr. pl.549.

Somerset Maugham (b. 1874), novelist and playwright, author of Liza of Lambeth, The Moon and Sixpence, The Razor's Edge, etc., sat for this portrait in 1951. When offering the bronze to the Tate Gallery he wrote (3 December 1952): ‘I have a great dislike of living in the same house with effigies of myself.’ For other portraits of him see Kelly, N04703, and Sutherland, N06034.

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