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Bell, Gertrude
A BRONZE BUST OF GERTRUDE BELL. [TWENTIETH CENTURY]
Bronze on wooden stand (total height, 300mm.), signed "E.W.Steele"?
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Bell (1868–1926) was an English polymath, who travelled extensively in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. "At her death she was commemorated as a brilliant public servant, who helped to shape the post-war settlement in the Middle East and in particular the creation of the kingdom of Iraq. H. St J. Philby called her 'the maker of Iraq' and reflected that if Feisal's kingdom survived the vicissitudes of time, 'it will stand forth in history a monument to her genius, to the versatility of her knowledge and influence, and to the practical idealism tempered with honest opportunism which were the outstanding characteristics of a remarkable Englishwoman'" (ONDB).

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