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Third Portrait of Oriel Ross: M.6-1948

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Titles

Third Portrait of Oriel Ross

Maker(s)

Epstein, Jacob (Sculptor)

Description

Bronze, cast, with golden bronze finish.. The sitter is shown front view, full face, with her left arm folded across her chest and her left hand resting on the upper part of the right arm.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Chester Beatty

Measurements and weight

Height: 66 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948) by Beatty, Chester, Mrs.

Dating

Second quarter of 20th century
1930s
George V
Production date: AD/CE 1931

Note

The sitter, Oriel Ross (1907-1994) was a stage and screen actor who made her debut aged 16. By the time she appeared in Diaghilev’s 'Ballet Ode' (1928), Epstein had already made two portraits of her. The first incorporated the upper part of her torso, the second, only her head. The present bust was conceived in 1931, following the 24-year-old’s return to London from Broadway, and includes her left arm folded across her body. Like many sculptors before him, Epstein grappled with the length of torso to include in his portraits, and how the arms should be shown (if included at all).

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Materials used in production

Bronze

Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, with golden brown finish

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.6-1948
Primary reference Number: 12414
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_6_1948
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 September 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 15 September 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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