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A Bronze Portrait Bust of George V by Sydney March, 1911
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A Bronze Portrait Bust of George V by Sydney March, 1911

Measurements: Overall height: 21.5cm (9.25in)

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The King Emperor George V is portrayed in his coronation year of 1911 and is shown wearing the robes and insignia of the Order of the Garter, the insignia of the Royal Victorian Order and of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. Signed and dated 1911.

The present model is derived from a similarly styled coronation bust by March of Edward VII (see National Portrait Gallery no. 2019, the gift of Viscount Dillon, 1924). An over life sized version of the present bust was commissioned from Sydney March for the Cardiff Royal Exchange by Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart, M.P (1883-1915) - son of the South Wales magnate, the Marquess of Bute.
 
Sydney March (1876–1968) was the second of nine children, eight of whom became artists. Three of the March family became sculptors, Sydney, Elsie (1884-1974), and Vernon. The other five artists were Edward (1873-1941), Percival (b.1878), Frederick (b.1881), Dudley (1881-1962), and Walter (b.1889). The ninth sibling was a sister, Eva. Originally from Yorkshire the March family moved to London around the turn of the century when Sydney was enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools and where he was awarded the first prize medal for a model of a statue or group. Between 1906 and 1932, he exhibited thirteen times at the R.A., primarily portrait busts, statuettes, and equestrian statues.

The March family established their own sculpture studio at Goddendene, Kent, in 1901. Sydney also worked with the art founders Elkington, and was responsible for royal portraits, including Queen Victoria, Queen Alexandra and George V, and for producing figures, busts and statues of leading figures of the day.  In the early 1920‘s the March studio was honoured with a visit by members of the Royal Family. Sydney’s public works include statues of Colonel Bevington (Tooley Street, London Bridge, 1911) and Lord Kitchener (Calcutta, 1914; Khartoum, 1921, removed to Royal School of Military Engineering, Chatham, 1958). Among his portrait busts were Cecil Rhodes, Sir John French. March also executed a number of war memorials including Bromley Parish Church (1921) and the United Empire Loyalists Memorial (Hamilton, Ontario, 1929). Following the death of Vernon March in 1930, Sydney and his siblings completed the Canadian National War Memorial at Ottawa.
 

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