Edwin Whitney-Smith

The Irishman

?c.1900–10

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

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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