George Bernard Shaw
Auguste Rodin (Paris 1840 – Meudon 1917)
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.
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.
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.
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
National Book League (Great Britain), Bernard Shaw:, 1946?, p.38