- Ivor Roberts-Jones 1916–1996
- Bronze on wooden base
- Object: 455 x 227 x 262 mm, 8.3 kg
- Purchased 1960
T00367 PAUL CLAUDEL c. 1955–7
Bronze, 10 1/4 (26) high.
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1960.
Repr: The Times, 25 July 1960; Sir John Rothenstein, British Art since 1900, 1962, pl.128.
The sitter is Paul Claudel (1868–1955), the French poet, playwright and diplomat. His sister, Camille, had studied sculpture with Rodin.
The artist wrote (10 January 1961) that this work was based on drawings made during the sitter's lifetime, although the plaster was not completed until at least a year after Claudel's death. It was first exhibited in plaster at the John Moores Liverpool Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, in November 1957–January 1958 (54). The bronze cast was made in 1959 without any further reworking and is the first of a possible edition of five.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II