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This bronze portrait of the English lutenist, Diana Poulton (1903-1995), was completed in 1936. Lambert’s delicate modelling of Poulton’s features combined with the lucid transitions between lines and curved mass emphasise the sensuality of his sitter’s character. He cast this piece before considering it finished which brought about a sense of experiment and vitality. Such qualities are associated with modern sculpture and move this work away from photographic realism towards a looser expression of form in portrait sculpture. Lambert cast only one bronze of this piece and retained the plaster original for himself.

October 2013