Photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London
by Glenys Barton
ceramic sculpture, 2014
20 7/8 in. x 17 3/8 in. (530 mm x 440 mm) overall
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- Joan Dawson Bakewell (née Rowlands), Baroness Bakewell (1933-), Broadcaster, writer and life peer. Sitter in 5 portraits.
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This ceramic half-length portrait of Bakewell is the final and most successful of a trio of portraits Barton has made of the sitter since 2012 and part of a series of portraits of influential women. The sitter glances to the viewer’s left and appears to be in the act of speaking. When viewed from the front, the free-standing bust achieves the illusion of a fully-realised figure, although the features are modelled in low-relief and the rear of the sculpture is left unworked.
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