© The Artist's Estate
William John Leech, Irish, 1881-1968
Title: Head of May
Date: 1925-1926
Medium: Bronze
45 x 29 x 28 cm
Signed: Leech
Credit Line: Purchased, 1988
Object Number: NGI.8341
Label TextThis winsome bronze bust depicts May Botterell, who Leech met in London in 1919. Artist and sitter began a relationship soon afterwards but did not marry until 1953, following the death of May’s first husband Percy Botterell. This work, obviously informed by Leech’s painting, is remarkably accomplished given that it is the artist’s only known sculpture. The bust features prominently in one of Leech’s many painted portraits of May (private collection).

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