5 of 17 portraits of Hilaire Belloc
by Daphne Pollen (née Baring)
12 1/2 in. x 9 1/2 in. (318 mm x 241 mm)
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- (Joseph) Hilaire Pierre Belloc (1870-1953), Author and poet. Sitter associated with 17 portraits.
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In 1956, the artist Daphne Pollen wrote of her portrait of the writer, Hilaire Belloc, 'The drawing was made in January 1932 ... while he was sitting for my husband [the sculptor Arthur Pollen] for a bust. He liked the drawing & remarked “No man knows what he looks like but that drawing is alive”. He thought the nose too 'bombé' & said it looked like “Blake having a vision.” He had been dictating to a secretary throughout the sittings & made no attempt to sit still. He seemed to be engaged on a different book or article at each sitting. His family & friends seemed to think the drawing was a good likeness. He had a collotype reproduction made of the drawing ... & gave copies to some of his friends.'
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 48
Events of 1932back to top
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