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Bust - Miss Helen Ionides
  • Miss Helen Ionides
    Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902
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Miss Helen Ionides

  • Object:

    Bust

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1879 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta

  • Museum number:

    A.10-1956

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 81, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case 1

Jules Dalou (1838-1902) made this bust as a gift for the sitter's father, the collector Constantine Alexander Ionides (1833-1900), after he had bought 'La Liseuse', the first work ever sold in England by the sculptor. Miss Ionides was aged six or seven at the time.

The Sitter Helen Euphrosyne Ionides (1871-1967) received an M.B.E. in recognition of her work for the Red Cross during the Second World War.

Dalou (1838-1902) was the son of a glove maker and initially trained in drawing at the Petit École in Paris. There he was encouraged to do sculpture. In 1854 he entered the École des Beaux-Arts, where he trained for four years. He was known for his left-wing political sympathies and was involved in the establishment of the Paris Commune in 1871. After his overthrow he was forced into exile in London, where he lived from 1871 until his return to Paris in 1879. In London he frequently exhibited at the Royal Academy and he was given a teaching appointment at the National Art Training School in South Kensington (later the Royal College of Art), where he had a profound effect on the development of British sculpture.

Physical description

The girl turns her head half right. She wears a dress or jacket with a small frill at the neck and buttons in front. Her hair is taken back behind the ears.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

ca. 1879 (made)

Artist/maker

Dalou, Aimé-Jules, born 1838 - died 1902 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta

Dimensions

Height: 46.5 cm

Object history note

Given by the sitter, Miss Helen E. Ionides, in 1956.

Historical significance: From a letter by the sitter: "In 1877 my father bought "La Liseuse", the first work Dalou sold in England. He was so grateful, he enquired of my mother, whether there was anything he could model as a gift, that would give special pleaseure to my father. My mother suggested a bust of me! I was born in 1871."

Historical context note

Dalou made this bust as a gift for the sitter's father, the collector Constantine Alexander Ionides (1833-1900), after he had bought 'La Liseuse', the first work ever sold in England by the sculptor. Miss Ionides was aged six or seven at the time.

Descriptive line

Bust, terracotta, Miss Helen Ionides, by Aimé-Jules Dalou, Anglo-French, 1879

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

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted, Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470-2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 2002, p. 249, cat.no. 378
Avery, C. “From David d’Angers to Rodin – Britain’s national collection of French nineteenth-century sculpture”. In: The Connoisseur, April 1972, vol. 179, no. 722, p. 238
Hunisak, J.M., The Sculpture of Jules Dalou: Studies in his Style and Imagery, New York University, Phd thesis, New York and London, 1977, p. 133, pl. 89A-B
The Fine Art Society. Exhibition Catalogue. Gibson to Gilbert- British Sculpture 1840-1914, London, 1992, pp. 14, 52, cat. no. 10

Materials

Terracotta

Subjects depicted

Girl; Bust

Categories

Portraits; Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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