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George Bernard Shaw

Auguste Rodin (Paris 1840 – Meudon 1917)

Category

Art / Sculpture

Date

1906

Materials

Bronze

Measurements

521 x 432 x 260 mm

Place of origin

Paris

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Collection

Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Drawing Room, Shaw's Corner, Hertfordshire, East of England, National Trust

NT 1274943

Caption

Shaw sat for this powerful bust at Rodin's Paris studio in 1906, the same year that he moved to Shaw's Corner. Whilst he and Charlotte were in Paris, they saw Rodin's 'The Thinker' being unveiled. Shaw took many pictures of the crowds, and later posed as the statue for a photograph by Alvin Langdon Coburn.

Summary

Bronze bust of George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), 1906. A head and shoulders portrait bust of Shaw aged 49. He faces forward and is depicted unclothed.

Provenance

The bust was commissioned from Auguste Rodin by George Bernard Shaw in 1906. The Shaw Collection. The house and contents were bequeathed to the National Trust in 1950 by George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) together with George Bernard Shaw's photographic archive.

Credit line

National Trust Collections (Shaw’s Corner, The Sir George Bernard Shaw Collection)

Marks and inscriptions

Reverse, bottom left: Signed 'A. Rodin'

Makers and roles

Auguste Rodin (Paris 1840 – Meudon 1917), sculptor

References

National Book League (Great Britain), Bernard Shaw:, 1946?, p.38

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