Lady Lever

William Goscombe John, 1919

LL 723

Part of

Lady Lever South End star objects

Selected from hundreds of items, these fantastic star objects give a flavour of the new displays you will see in the refurbished South End galleries.

About this object

This is a replica of the posthumous bust of Lady Lever commissioned by Lever in 1916 and exhibited at the Royal Academy that year. The original bust was paired with a bust of Lever himself. This replica was presumably intended specifically for the Lady Lever Art Gallery, nearing completion in 1919.

The bust shows Lady Lever wearing 'court dress', typically a white or cream dress with full train that was worn to attend court.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Goscombe John (British: Welsh, born:1860/02/21, died:1952/12/15)
  • Date
    1919
  • Materials
    Marble
  • Measurements
    84 cm
  • Physical description
    Marble bust of a woman shown looking into the distance to the right. She is wearing a long sleeved gown with floral details around the bust. A necklace is worn around her neck and a tiara in her hair.
  • Related people
    William Goscombe John (Artist/maker); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner)
  • Credit line
    Commissioned by William Hesketh Lever in 1919
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Commisioned by Lever from the Sculptor
    Owned until: 1919
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W. Goscombe John RA
    Inscription method: Inscribed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location:
Object view = Fine Art
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