NPG Number
4008
Mkey
498
Sitter/Title
Hilaire Belloc
Qualifier
by
Artist(s)
DaphnePollen(néeBaring)
Date made
1932
Medium
chalk
Credit line
© National Portrait Gallery, London
hilaire belloc

498

4008

Hilaire Belloc

by

Daphne Pollen (née Baring)

1932

chalk

© National Portrait Gallery, London

In 1956, the artist Daphne Pollen wrote of her portrait of the writer, Hilaire Belloc, 'The drawing was made in January 1932 ... while he was sitting for my husband [the sculptor Arthur Pollen] for a bust. He liked the drawing & remarked “No man knows what he looks like but that drawing is alive”. He thought the nose too 'bombé' & said it looked like “Blake having a vision.” He had been dictating to a secretary throughout the sittings & made no attempt to sit still. He seemed to be engaged on a different book or article at each sitting. His family & friends seemed to think the drawing was a good likeness. He had a collotype reproduction made of the drawing ... & gave copies to some of his friends.'