A Copeland Parian bust of Enid
A Copeland Parian bust of Enid by Miller for the Crystal Palace Art Union, 1850s to 1860s.
This bust is titled “Enid” in Gothic lettering. It does not have a Copeland mark but is listed as Copeland in both the references below. The girl’s expression is serene and the flowing hair, the pearls and the bodice are beautifully detailed. Height 28cm (11”).
Robert Copeland states that Enid or Oenid was a damsel in distress in Chrestien de Troye’s twelfth century Arthurian legend Erec and Enide. The story appears again with Erec becoming Geraint in the fourteenth century Welsh Mabinigion, and then in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King.
The bust is illustrated in the “Parian Phenomenon” page 181 figure 592 and in Robert Copeland’s book “Parian - Copeland’s Statuary Porcelain” page 208, fig B25.
Victorian (1837 to 1901)