Paul Troubetzkoy George Bernard Shaw 1926

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Artist
Paul Troubetzkoy 1866–1938
Title
George Bernard Shaw
Date 1926
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 594 x 365 x 267 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Mrs George Bernard Shaw 1927
Reference
N04274
On display at Tate Britain

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Prince Paul Troubetzkoy was an Italian born painter and sculptor, the son of a member of the Russian nobility. He made many portrait busts of famous men, such as Tolstoy and Anatole France. Shaw (1856-1950), the famous playwright and Fabian socialist, was a devoted vegetarian like Troubetzkoy. They were friends and Shaw sat to Troubetzkoy three times. The first was for a portrait bust in 1908, executed in three hours in a studio in London. Then, in 1926, at Troubetzkoy's studio at Lago Maggiore in Italy, Shaw posed for a life-size statue, a statuette showing him seated, and this second portrait bust.

August 2004

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