WHITWORTH WALLIS, F.S.A. BY COURTENAY
DIRECTOR BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM POLLOCK, R.B.A.
Pollock is not given to flattery. He does not try to
restore the fresh bloom of youth where this bloom
has departed, but he certainly has the faculty of
finding from among all the complex changes of ex-
pression to which all human features are subject
just that moment of intensified intellectual life
which reveals the sitter's character at its best. This
will be found in the portrait bust of Mrs. Burton—
a face of beautiful oval shape and refined profile.
The bust of Miss Lamotte, less simple, perhaps,
than that of Mrs. Burton, is fascinating. This fas-
cination is not the commonplace attraction of con-
ventional prettiness, and is, therefore, perhaps, not
felt at the first glance, but if you come back to the
bust you will not fail to realize the sensation which
will grow upon you as you become more closely ac-
quainted with this distinguished work.
The bust of the late Sir Henry Irving presented a
different problem to the artist, who wrought this
vigorous work some time after the great actor's
death, utilizing such material as he found in his
vivid recollections of the man who had figured so
prominently before the public eye, and in existing
portraits. Under the circumstances it is not so sur-
prising that Mr. Pollock successfully managed to
construct what may be called a composite portrait
of this interesting personality, but that he knew how
MISS BEATRICE BY COURTENAY
LAMOTTE POLLOCK, R.B.A.
to infuse it with the sparkle of physical and intellec-
MRS. RICHARD MOTT BY COURTENAY POLLOCK, R.B.A.