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Head of a man

55.3 × 23.3 × 23.6 cm (overall)
cast in base of neck in rear: Paul R. Montford. Sc. 1930
cast in base of neck l.r.: CHIURA (woman's profile) NAPLES (...illeg.)
Accession Number
Australian Sculpture
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of E. V. Hudson, 1958
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 Arts’ schools 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 brief period Montford received numerous public commissions and produced almost seventy works. Amongst 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.