George Henry Paulin (1888 - 1962)

Anne Izat, the Artist’s Niece, 1932

SKU: 10981

4 x 2 1/2 (10 x 6.4 cm), excluding pedestal 

Height – 10.2cm
Width – 6.4cm


The daughters of William McDonald; Steve Parlanti

This bronze was cast by William McDonald and acquired directly from his family.  Anne Izat was the neice of George Henry Paulin.  

Steven Parlanti has pointed out that Anne Izat was definitely cast in 1932, as per the date of modelling, (rather than later) as William McDonald died in 1932 (23rd April) aged only 44.&

Paulin was a notable Scottish sculptor. In 1935, shortly after this work was created, Paulin had a one-person show at Walker’s Galleries in New Bond Street, entitled ‘An exhibition of busts of well-known and contemporary artists’ (June 12th to 25th). The show comprised twenty-four full-sized busts, and eight small-scale ones, plus five groups illustrating the ‘Pied Piper of Hamelin’. 

We are grateful to Steven Parlanti for his assistance.

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George Henry Paulin
George Henry
1888 - 1962

Sculptor, born at Muckart, Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the son of a local church minister. He was educated at Dollar Academy and began his art studies at the Royal Institution, Edinburgh under sculptor Percy Portsmouth in October 1905. The Institution, which in 1909 moved to and became the Edinburgh College of Art, was at that time housed in the building on the Mound, in Edinburgh, that is now occupied by the Royal Scottish Academy. In 1912, after he had taken his Diploma and been awarded the Stuart Prize, he travelled in France and Italy until 1914.

Being a keen horseman he had been in the Lothian and Border Horse for some time and served in WWI with them until 1917 when he was discharged after an accident. He was commissioned in the RAF and served in the Intelligence branch in Italy. After the war he set up a studio in Glasgow and was very successful, winning competitions for War Memorials there and in other cities. His best known work is perhaps the Memorial to the 51st Highland Division at Beaument Hamel in northern France. He was elected an Associate of the RSA in 1920, and in 1925 moved to London where he continued to work and was an active member of the RBS. His best known London commission is the statue of ballerina Pavlova in the London Garden of Remembrance. Paulin also showed at RA and was elected RI in 1935. He died in Wantage, Berkshire and his sister was the artist Jean Wright Ellis.

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George Henry Paulin (1888 - 1962)
Anne Izat, the Artist’s Niece, 1932