About Mary Spencer-Watson
Mary Spencer Watson studied at the Royal Academy Schools and Central Schools under John Skeaping. Her work is influenced by Greek art and the sculpture of Ossip Zadkine, whom she met as a student. Her themes include animals and mythological creatures, as well as portraits. She lives and works on the Isle of Purbeck, where she farms as well as sculpts.
This bust depicts Miss Else Margaret Julia Pleister (1890-1982), who lived in Pinehurst and was a benefactor to the New Hall library. A number of paintings and sculptures from her collection, including works by Boudin, Epstein and Ayrton, were bequeathed to the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Bust of Julia Pleister
Terracotta, 30 x 19 x 21 cm
Donated by Augusta Forsham in 1982.