The present work embodies many of the characteristics of the renowned 20th Century sculptor Frank Dobson. Celebrated for his classical ‘pure’ style, Dobson gained an outstanding reputation in the 1920s and 30s, championed by figures such as Roger Fry and Clive Bell. Best known for his female nudes, which mirror the sophisticated simplification of form that is noted in the work of Aristide Maillol, Dobson conveyed a quiet yet monumental dignity in his sculptures, which can be seen in the present work. The accomplished treatment of the marble is reminiscent of the skilled craftsmanship of Dobson, who was prominent in the revival of direct carving. Appointed Professor of Sculpture at the Royal College of Art after World War II, Dobson’s influence can be seen in a number of his student’s art, most notably in the work of Alan Durst, which this piece bears a resemblance to. As a carver of religious subjects, figures and animals, Durst is known for his contribution to the London Group, of which he was a member, and to the ‘spirit’ of direct carving, which he strove to promote throughout his career.