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Bust - Isabel


  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1950 - ca. 1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976 (sculptors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Concrete, painted white, with plaster core

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by the sculptor

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust, possibly a study, is on an integral socle. The identity of the sitter is unknown, the source for the name 'Isabel' being the description in the artist's bequest. In 1901 Cecil Thomas was apprenticed to his father's gem-engraving business in Upper John Street, London. He exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 1909 to 1974, initially specialising in gems, medals and seals, but also exhibiting medals and plaquettes. In 1918 he exhibited sculpture at the Royal Academy for the first time, and thereafter became active in that field. Thomas was also a Past Master of the Art Workers Guild.

Physical description

Young woman smiling, with hair drawn back in a bun, on an integral socle.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1950 - ca. 1970 (made)


Thomas, Cecil, born 1885 - died 1976 (sculptors)

Materials and Techniques

Concrete, painted white, with plaster core


Height: 42 cm

Object history note

Bequest by the artist Cecil Thomas, London, 1978, alongside other objects.

Descriptive line

Bust, concrete, painted white, with plaster core, 'Isabel', by Cecil Thomas, England, ca. 1950-1970

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

Bilbey, Diane with Trusted, Marjorie, British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2002, p. 467, cat. no. 758

Subjects depicted

Bust; Woman


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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