Sir Jacob Epstein, Portrait of Iris Beerbohm Tree, 1915
"Iris Beerbohm Tree (1897–1968) was a poet and actress who posed for many artists including Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Here Epstein exploits the qualities of bronze by combining a rough patina with a high polish. In contrast to the rough texture of the face and neck, the sculpture’s ‘helmet hair’ has a highly polished, burnished surface. This not only suggests Tree’s strawberry blonde hair but also the modernity of her severely cut bob."