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Head of a Girl
GILBERT, Sir Alfred (1854 - 1934)
Size: 38.1 cm
Acquired: 1946; Gift; Sir William Goscombe John
Accession Number: NMW A 117
Gilbert lived in Rome from 1878 until 1884 and the model for this head was his son's Italian nurse Michaelena. The exceptionally fine quality of this cast reveals the 'lost wax' technique of Gilbert's Neopolitan foundry and his own meticulous finishing of the bronze. At the Royal Academy in 1883 it provided a conclusive reply to artists who claimed that Gilbert was a poor portraitist.