Sir Alfred Gilbert
Ignacy Jan Paderewski 1891

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Sir Alfred Gilbert 1854–1934
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Date 1891
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 600 x 319 x 193 mm, 30.8 kg
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1934
Not on display

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This work depicts Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a Polish pianist who was renowned for his dazzling technique and luxuriant head of hair. In 1918 he became Prime Minister of Poland. The bust was completed in two hours while Paderewski played the piano in Gilbert’s studio. The plaster was not cast into bronze until 1934, suggesting that Gilbert considered it unfinished. However, it has a sense of freedom not found in other contemporary portraits by Gilbert.

February 2010

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