Gertrude Hermes

Lady Herbert

1951

Artist
Gertrude Hermes 1901–1983
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 742 x 635 x 578 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by John Herbert, in accordance with the wishes of his late mother, Lady Herbert 1989
Reference
T05522

Not on display

Display caption

In the early 1920s Hermes met Alan, later Sir Alan, Patrick Herbert (1890-1971), and his wife Gwendolen (1892-1988). They were to become the artist's life-long friends and patrons. Hermes executed bronze portraits of Sir Alan in 1931, and of the Herberts' son, John, in 1949. Here Lady Herbert holds a cocktail glass, complete with olive, in her right hand, and rests her left arm on a vestigial chair. The treatment of the face is naturalistic and classical while greater freedom of expression is evident in the modelling of the torso. This work is Hermes's largest bronze portrait. This is a unique cast, and is inscribed from the sculptor to the sitter.

Gallery label, August 2004

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