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Bust - Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith L.L.D., C.V.O.
  • Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith L.L.D., C.V.O.
    Welby, Désirée Lady
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Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith L.L.D., C.V.O.

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1922 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Welby, Désirée Lady (Lady), born 1878 - died 1969 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Bronze and marble.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust made by Lady Désirée Welby in England in about 1922, represents Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith, Director and Secretary of the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1909 and 1924. The bust is normally displayed in the National Art Library Reading Room, along with busts of other former Directors of the Museum.

Lady Désirée Welby (1878-1969), described as a painter and sculptor, exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Royal Academy and the Society of Women Artists.

Physical description

Bronze bust of Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith on a marble plinth.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1922 (made)


Welby, Désirée Lady (Lady), born 1878 - died 1969 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Bronze and marble.


Height: 69 cm incl. plinth

Descriptive line

Portrait bust, bronze on a marble plinth, of Sir Cecil Harcourt-Smith, by Lady Désirée Welby (neé Copeland-Griffiths), England, ca. 1922

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002. p. 475. cat. no. 767.
Kilmurray, E., Dictionary of British Portraiture, The Victorians – historical figures born between 1800 and 1860, III, London, 1981, p. 88


Bronze; Marble


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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