Edwin Whitney-Smith

The Irishman

?c.1900–10

Artist
Edwin Whitney-Smith 1880–1952
Medium
Bronze on wooden base
Dimensions
Object: 267 x 190 x 165 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1940
Reference
N05113

Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05113 THE IRISHMAN (?) c. 1900–10

Not inscribed.
Bronze, 10 1/2×7 1/2×6 1/2 (26·5×19×16·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1940.
Exh: United Artists, R.A., January–March 1940 (2211).

The artist's son wrote (2 February 1961) that ‘the “Irishman”, as far as I remember, was in the Household Cavalry and guarded the aged Queen Victoria at Osborne towards the end of her days. The bust must have been made well before the 1914–18 war. I remember seeing the old man at Priory Road when I was a child.’ Although referred to here as a bust, the work is actually a bronze mask.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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