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Bronze head 'Phoebe'

Date made: early 20th century

Artist: Taubman, Frank Mowbray

Description: This bronze sculpture of the head of a young female is entitled ‘Phoebe’, and it is in the Art Deco style. Art Deco was a popular design style of the 1920s and 30s characterised especially by sleek geometric or stylised forms and using man-made materials. Phoebe’s hair and face conform to this style, along with the overall smoothness and finish of the sculpture. It is not known who Phoebe is.

The artist, Frank Mowbray Taubman, was born in 1868, so this piece of work would have been completed in his later life. Active between 1894-1938, Frank Mowbray Taubman was an English sculptor, medallist, and painter, born in London, 1868. His father, Robert Taubman, was born c.1841, in Ballaugh, Isle of Man and worked as a chemist. Taubman is thought to have worked with his father as a chemist up until c.1891, alongside honing his artistic skills, before becoming an artist by profession.

The artist first exhibited his work in 1894. Taubman predominantly produced sculptural work, often with themes in Ancient Greek myth and portraiture, in Art Deco style. In 1910, Taubman’s work was included in the Liverpool Exhibition, without his knowledge or consent - which was in contravention of the rules of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

In 1911, Taubman was commissioned to sculpt a portrait of Arthur William Moore, Speaker of the House of Keys on the Isle of Man from 1898-1909 - which is now held at the Tynwald Legislative Buildings. The artist died in 1938, in Worcester, England.


Measurements: overall: 48 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm

Materials: metal: bronze

Object name: sculpture

Collection: Art Collection

ID number: 1954-6125

Subject tags : #mm100artcollection


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