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    A Bronze Bust: Lord George Allardice Riddell

    Cast from a model by Sir William Reid Dick, RA (Scottish 1878-1961)
    1930
    Bronze
    Marks: signed and dated Reid Dick 1930 and inscribed Lord Riddell
    23-1/2 inches (59.7 cm) high


    George Allardice Riddell, later Lord Riddell, was a newspaper publisher in London and became a celebrated friend of British Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Prime Minister George made sure Riddell was knighted in 1909 and then made a Baronet in 1918 for his service as a liaison between the media and the British government during World War I. His skills were put to great use at the Disarmament Conference in Washington, DC in 1921 as he was, as Time magazine put it, "a well of information" for the media. Time devoted lengthy space to his obituary upon his death in 1934 noting his publishing, political and philanthropic work in their December 17th edition of that year.

    This bronze bust of Lord Riddell was completed from a cast model by the famous Scottish sculptor Sir William Reid Dick. Born in Glasgow in 1879, Dick rose to the top of the sculptor's art, eventually being named president of the Royal Society of British Sculptors from 1933 to 1938. He was well known for this type of portrait statuary in the example of Lord Riddell. His statue of Franklin Delano Roosevelt is a landmark in London's Grosvenor Square and his imposing equestrian statue of Lady Godiva can be seen in Coventry, England. Sir William was so beloved at his death that he was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

    The bust has an even, rich patina and is an excellent likeness of the popular British publisher and statesman. Depicted in coat and tie, Sir William's casting captures the serious expression of Lord Riddell in his most powerful years, the man Time called "one of the most successful publishers the world has ever known."


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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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