N04755 IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI c. 1900 (?)
Inscr. ‘Alfred Gilbert’ at back on base of neck.
Bronze, 23 3/4×11 1/2×10 1/2 (60×29×26·5), including bronze base, 6 (15).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1934.
Exh: R.A., 1934 (1595), as ‘Paderewski - Musician, Patriot, Statesman’.
Lit: McAllister, 1929, p.165; Bury, 1952, pp.55, 87, 88.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941), Polish pianist and patriot, became first Prime Minister of Poland in 1918 and died in New York.
According to McAllister Gilbert used to listen to Paderewski perform at the house of Alma-Tadema. The exact date is not known but the bust was probably made before Gilbert's retirement to Bruges in 1906. A gilded plaster model for N04755 is in the Manchester City Art Gallery and is reproduced by Cox (1936, pl.3), who states that another bronze belonged to Lady Lewis (repr. McAllister, 1929, pl.38).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I