In mid-1924, Geelong Gallery exhibited Paul Montford’s collection of statues, the first exhibition of its kind in Geelong. The collection consisted of around 50 busts made of bronze and plaster.
Pictured is a photograph by Howard Brown of the Montford exhibition, with Montford himself seated in front of his collection inside the George Michelmore Hitchcock Memorial Art Gallery. To the left of the image is his sculpture Water Nymph, a beautifully made, life-size work depicting a nymph seemingly concealing herself from lookers on.
The image is filled with busts of people Montford has sculpted, including Geelong locals F Backsole (architect), and Miss Price (Gordon Institute of Technology).