Before departing to fight in the First World War, Gaudier-Brzeska recorded the details of his sculptures in his List of Works, which included the entry 'Ornament torpille bronze cisele', which refers to the original cut brass version of the present work (sold to T.E. Hulme), as well as a plaster model of it. Jim Ede commissioned the artist and caster Michael Gillespie to create nine casts of the present work in 1968. The present work would have been the first cast made by Gillespie at this time, aside from the edition of 9. Gillespie was a very talented bronze-caster, working to realise the work of artists including, among others, Elisabeth Frink and Jacob Epstein. Other casts of the present work are in the collections of the Tate, London (number 2/9), and Kettle's Yard, Cambridge.
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