Theo Cowan modelled this commemorative portait of one of the founding trustees of the National Gallery of New South Wales from photographs and sent the work to Italy for carving.
Deborah Edwards, 'Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia', National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 2003
E.L. Montefiore 1898, 2nd President of Trustees 1889-92
61.9 x 51.3 x 30.0 cm weight - 140kg
Signature & date
Signed and dated verso, incised "THEO. COWAN SCULP 1898".
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Australian sculpture 1890-1919, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Jan 1987–22 Feb 1987
Presence and absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, National Portrait Gallery [Old Parliament House], Canberra, 22 Aug 2003–16 Nov 2003
Dora Ohlfsen and the facade commission, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Oct 2019–08 Mar 2020
Referenced in 4 publications
Deborah Edwards., Australian sculpture 1890-1919, 'Australian sculpture 1890-1919', Sydney, 1987, (illus.). no catalogue numbers, not paginated
Roslyn Russell, National Library of Australia news, 'Eliezer Montefiore from Barbados to Sydney', pg. 11-14, Canberra, Dec 2008, 12, 14 (colour illus.). NOTE: Photo of AGNSW exterior on page 14.
Presence & absence: portrait sculpture in Australia, Canberra, 2003, 77. cat.no. 6
Famous people: a selective who's who from works in the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1981, 10 (illus.).