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Frank Lynn Jenkins
BRITISH
BUST OF JOSEPH DUVEEN, 1ST BARON DUVEEN (1869-1939)
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
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Frank Lynn Jenkins
BRITISH
BUST OF JOSEPH DUVEEN, 1ST BARON DUVEEN (1869-1939)
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
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Frank Lynn Jenkins
1870 - 1927
BRITISH
BUST OF JOSEPH DUVEEN, 1ST BARON DUVEEN (1869-1939)
signed and dated: F. Lynn Jenkins / 1911
bronze, dark brown patina
42cm., 16 1/2 in.
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Catalogue Note

Joseph Duveen is considered one of the most successful art dealers of all time, making his fortune by sourcing Old Masters in Britain and Continental Europe, and selling them to Americans. It is said he based his career on one simple observation: Europe has the art; America, the money. Duveen was also a generous philanthropist, and donated great sums of money to Great Britain's various cultural institutions, including The British Museum, the Tate Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery. 

The identification of the present bust is based mostly on comparison with known portraits and photographs of Duveen. Furthermore, the architects firm Romaine Walker and Jenkins (Lynn Jenkins' younger brother, Gilbert) designed the Duveen Sculpture Gallery at Tate Britain (1937, Mapping the Practice [...] op. cit.). Secrest (op. cit., p. 167) mentions Duveen's wish to hang a portrait of his father, or to install a bust of himself, in these galleries, which was declined by the trustees. Although Frank Lynn Jenkins is not recorded to have made a bust of Duveen, it is not unlikely he would have modeled a bust of Duveen as these building works were taking place, even if the bust was ultimately not placed in the galleries. 

RELATED LITERATURE
M. Secrest, Duveen, a Life in Art, New York, 2004; 'Frank Lynn Jenkins', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib2_1203116159, accessed 04 Jun 2018]

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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