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Writers in Bronze The Anthony Stones Portrait Busts of New Zealand writers

The Writers in Bronze exhibition showcases the sequence of cast bronze portrait heads of New Zealand writers by sculptor Anthony Stones (1934-2016) in the Alexander Turnbull Library collection.

A showcase of cast bronze portraits

“A portrait sculptor should be like a guerrilla fighter, prepared to adapt and operate anywhere”
Anthony Stones, 1984

Writers in Bronze showcases the sequence of cast bronze portrait heads of New Zealand writers by sculptor Anthony Stones (1934-2016) in the Alexander Turnbull Library collection.

Completed between 1975 and 2006, the sequence includes heads of such literary luminaries as Sir Keith Sinclair, Janet Frame, and Michael King. Also featured in the exhibition are a sketchbook compiled by Anthony Stones in Beijing in 1984, where he went to model Rewi Alley from life, and photographs by Reg Graham of Stones modelling Janet Frame at her home in Dunedin in 1999.

This Turnbull Gallery exhibition, made possible by support from the Turnbull Endowment Trust, is a celebration of Anthony Stones’ artistry and career as New Zealand’s foremost portrait sculptor, and reflects the close interpersonal connections of a generation of New Zealand’s most eminent writers.

Find out more about the exhibition — including a slideshow of the busts.

The exhibiton is open Tuesday to Saturday.

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Man and woman looking at the model of the woman's head.
Anthony Stones and Janet Frame inspect portrait bust of Janet Frame, 1998, by Reginald Graham 1930-2007. Ref: PAColl-5931-07. Alexander Turnbull Library. Reproduced courtesy of the Reginald Graham Estate and the Janet Frame Trust.