Andrew O’Connor

Viscount d’Abernon

1934

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Not on display

Artist
Andrew O’Connor 1874–1941
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 540 × 194 × 251 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with assistance from subscribers 1936
Reference
N04853

Catalogue entry

Andrew O'Connor 1874-1941

N04853 Viscount D'Abernon 1934

Inscribed 'LORD d'ABERNON | by A O'CONNOR | 1934' l. side (the third figure of the date is almost illegible)
Bronze, 21 1/4 x 7 5/8 x 9 7/8 (54 x 19.3 x 25), including base
Purchased from the artist (Lewis Publications 'A' Fund) with the aid of friends of Viscount D'Abernon 1936
Repr: Studio, CXIV, 1937, p.80; Stanley Casson, Sculpture of To-day (London 1939), p.53

Lord D'Abernon (1857-1941), GCB, GCMG, FRS, was Ambassador at Berlin from 1920 to 1926. This bust is believed to have been commissioned in his honour by the D'Abernon Club in London, of which he was the President. The club was formed to promote Anglo-German relations, but soon broke up, largely through the interference of Hitler.

Lord D'Abernon was a Trustee of the Tate Gallery from 1917 to 1935 (even continuing during his period in Berlin), and this bust was acquired as a tribute to his long years of service to the Tate. The Gallery also owns a full-length portrait of him by Augustus John [N05936].

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.567-8, reproduced p.567

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