Sir William Reid Dick (1879-1961)
Head of a Baby
Probably made by Reid Dick’s mould-makers, the Smith family of Kentish Town, London
15.8 x 18.3 x 12.8 cms
The Scottish sculptor Sir William Reid Dick RA is best known for his monumental works, particularly war memorials and commercial works in the city of London. However, he also created delicate and intimate portrait pieces, such as this. A marble portrait head of his new-born son, entitled Dawn, (also produced in bronze) is in the collection of Tate Britain. Made in 1921, it seems to have set a pattern, with portraits of his two daughters as babies appearing during the 1920s, also executed in bronze.
This plaster head relates to those bronzes, and provides a fascinating insight into the process of production, being – it is presumed – an initial pattern from which trial wax or clay patterns were made in the mould-making process.