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Harry Fildes MP

Period:
20th Century
Description:

Portrait bust of Sir Henry Fildes (1870 = 1948), Liberal MP for Dumfriesshire, elected in 1935.  The plaster bust shows an older man in a dress shirt and with distinctive facial features. He was nicknamed "Punch". The sculpture has been given a bronze-like finish and has been signed and dated 1939 by Jeffs.

 

At this time, Jeffs was the assistant curator of Dumfries Burgh Museum. He had married Marianne on 18th February 1938. She was the manageress of the Lyceum cinema cafe in Dumfries. Their witnesses were artists E A Taylor and his wife Jessie M King. Later the Jeffs moved to Kirkcudbright and had a home studio, the Yellow Door on the High Street. In 1989, when the property was sold, their family presented a large archive to Dumfries Museum, including this sculpture.

Materials/Media:
plaster of paris
Dimensions:
height: 400mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1989.9.2
Digital Number:
DMFA048n
Creation Date:
1939
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council