Collection Online
plaster, bronze paint
40.5 × 17.0 × 14.7 cm
incised in base in rear l.c.: Bobby / Paul R. Montford / Sc. 1921
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Bequest of Mrs Charles Oliver, 1979
Gallery location
Level 2, NGV Australia

Paul Montford arrived in Melbourne in 1923 at the age of fifty-five, having already established a considerable reputation as a sculptor in Britain. During the late 1880s he had been an outstanding student at the Royal Academy of Art in London, winning several scholarships and, in 1891, the Academy’s gold medal.

Although he died in Melbourne only fifteen years after his arrival, during this period Montford received numerous public commissions and produced almost seventy works. Among the most notable are his exterior sculptural groups for Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance and the memorial to Adam Lindsay Gordon in Spring Street, Melbourne.