Ecce Puer [Behold the Boy]

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Ecce Puer [Behold the Boy] 1906

On Display Modern One

'Ecce Puer' (Behold the Boy!) is a portrait of Alfred William Mond, produced after a commission from the boy's father, Emil. Legend has it that Rosso experienced great difficulty with the work. Then, one evening, he was struck by the appearance of the boy as he peered through some curtains. Rosso chose to depict that fleeting moment and apparently finished the bust in a single sitting. When it was first exhibited in Paris in 1906, the sculpture was entitled 'Impression of a Child'.

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Sculpted portrait consisting of the head and the top of the shoulders.


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.

Bust, Commission


  • Acc. No. GMA 1274
  • Medium Plaster, gesso and varnish
  • Size 46.20 x 43.00 x 32.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with funds from the estate of Miss J.L. Rose 1972