Search results

Start typing

Portrait of the Artist
This exhibition is in the past. View our current exhibitions.

Autoportrait en Chimere

signed & dated 1880

RCIN 7275

The French actress Sarah Bernhardt practised sculpture and painting alongside her better-known skills on the stage. This bronze depicts her as a chimera, or sphinx, possibly as a comment on her best-known role by this date, Berthe de Savigny in Octave Feuillet's Sphinx. The use of a mythological creature is also an allusion to her exaggeratedly dramatic stage roles and aspects of her personal life. This bronze was likely presented to the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra by the actress, as a token of the friendship which developed during her first London appearances.

No. 119

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.