FRANK DOBSON, R.A. (1886-1963)
FRANK DOBSON, R.A. (1886-1963)
FRANK DOBSON, R.A. (1886-1963)
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FRANK DOBSON, R.A. (1886-1963)

Margaret Kennedy

FRANK DOBSON, R.A. (1886-1963)
Margaret Kennedy
signed and numbered 'Dobson/ 2⁄3' (on the reverse)
bronze with a black patina on a hardwood base
13 1⁄2 in. (34.3 cm.) high, excluding base
Conceived in 1926.
Anonymous sale; Phillips, London, 13 June 1989, lot 116, as 'Head of a Woman', where purchased for the present collection.
N. Jason and L. Thompson-Pharoh, The Sculpture of Frank Dobson, Much Hadham, 1994, p. 132, no. 57.
London, Leicester Galleries, Paintings and Sculpture by Bernard Adeney, Keith Baynes, Vanessa Bell, Frank Dobson, Roger Fry, Duncan Grant and F.J. Porter, May - June 1926, no. 74, another cast exhibited.
London, Courtauld Institute, Selected Sculptures of Frank Dobson 1925-54, 1995, no. 34, catalogue not traced.
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Lot Essay

The present work depicts British novelist Margaret Kennedy (1896-1967). Born in London, Kennedy attended Cheltenham Ladies College and began writing during her history degree at Somerville College, Oxford University in 1915 alongside a number of literary contemporaries including Vera Brittain. Her second novel The Constant Nymph, published in 1924 became her most successful work, having been reprinted more than 25 times and translated into several languages. In September 1926, the novel was adapted into a play featuring Noël Coward and Edna Best, premiering at the New Theatre in London’s West End and later translated into three film adaptations.

Kennedy wrote fifteen further prize-winning novels during her career, winning the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1953, for her novel Troy Chimneys.

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