Mary Pownall Bromet, British (exh. 1889-1932): A bronze figure of Edward Hyde Villiers, 5th Earl of Clarendon
Lot 219
Mary Pownall Bromet, British (exh. 1889-1932): A bronze figure of Edward Hyde Villiers, 5th Earl of Clarendon
Sold for £ 1,000 (US$ 1,303) inc. premium

Period Design

8 Apr 2014, 12:30 BST

London, Knightsbridge

Lot Details
Mary Pownall Bromet, British (exh. 1889-1932): A bronze figure of Edward Hyde Villiers, 5th Earl of Clarendon
the seated figure reclining on fur draped armchair, on re-entrant cut corner base, signed and dated to the rear of the cast MPOWNALL 1914, 33cm high

Footnotes

  • Mary Pownall Bromet was among the leading British sculptors in the early 20th century. Her style was influenced by Rodin whom she studied under in Paris during the period from 1897 to 1900. Her technical ability made her a popular choice for portrait bust and statuette commissions and he work was exhibited throughout Europe with one of her most important commissions being the Watford War Memorial.

    Born near Leigh in Lancashire she returned after her European studies to be married in 1902 to Alfred Bromet. From 1902 to 1937 she lived and worked in their house, Lime Lodge in Oxhey. Alfred Bromet was a friend of Stanley Baldwin and the house was often host to Conservative gatherings. It was also close to the sculptor and artist Hubert von Herkomer's school in Bushey and was also London where she exhibited at the RA although she also exhibited in Europe and in other British provincial galleries. She was also President of the Society of Women Artists.

    Edward Hyde Villiers, 5th Earl of Clarendon was born in Dublin in 1846 and died in England in 1914. He held the office of Member of Parliament (Liberal) for Breconshire between 1869 and 1870, the office of Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire between 1892 and 1914, the office of Lord in Waiting and Lord Chamberlain between 1895 and 1900, and was Aid-de-Camp to HM Queen Victoria at the end of her reign, Edward VII during his reign, and George V up until his own death at the outbreak the First World War.

    In Mary Pownall Bromet's autobiography 'Response' she recalled the sitting for her bronze figure of the Earl.

    'In the spring of 1914 Lord Clarendon commissioned me to execute a statuette portrait of himself. I looked forward eagerly to his visits to my studio and directly he had taken his seat on the 'throne' (the name given by artists to the revolving table about a foot high) he became the most patient and interesting 'sitter'. An old chair from the 'The Grove' was placed upon the 'throne' so that the Earl should be at ease as much as possible. He had not sat for me more than five or six times when instead of the usual visit a telephone message came from the Grove to "His Lordship deeply regrets that he is not feeling well enough to keep his appointments". Weeks passed and still Lord Clarendon's illnesses continued. At last he came again and the moment I saw him I knew that he was making a great effort...
    Was he much worse than I knew? This was indeed the case for I never saw him again. The next news we received was the Earl's death on October 2, 1914. The last 'sitting' for the details of the face which is so important to all artists, could never take place. I was therefore obliged to have the statuette cast as it was, and delievered to the Dowager Countess of Clarendon at the The Grove."

    Provenance
    By repute the only known cast, was executed by the sculptor for the Dowager Countess of Clarendon after the death of her husband where it was housed at the family seat, 'The Grove', Hertfordshire until the sale of the house.
    Thence by family descent.
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £175,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £175,001 to £3,000,000 the Hammer Price
12.5% from £3,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalogue.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Michael Lake
    Specialist - European Sculpture and Works of Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    Montpelier Street
    London, United Kingdom SW7 1HH
    Work +44 20 8963 2813
    FaxFax: +44 (0) 020 8963 2805
Similar Items