John Bratby
Dartmouth Row Studio: Autumn 1956 1956

Artwork details

John Bratby 1928–1992
Dartmouth Row Studio: Autumn 1956
Date 1956
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 1689 x 3467 mm
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1960
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Not inscribed.
Pencil on fifteen pieces of paper joined together, overall size, 66 1/2×136 1/2 (169×347).
Presented by the artist 1960.
Exh: Beaux Arts Gallery, December 1956–January 1957 (not numbered).

The artist wrote (2 May 1960) that this was the largest drawing he had ever made, was drawn exclusively with 6B pencils and took about seven days' hard work to finish; he has represented himself in the mirror and his wife outside the window: ‘... it was not raining. Her glum expression was not due to the rain pouring down onto her: it was due to the fact that she was acting the part of a girl who was being drenched. Wife insists that it be noted here that while she was posing she was throwing bottle-fulls of water at the window panes for the sake of total realism ... the streams of water were quickly drawn on the paper before those streams ran down to the bottom of the window or dried off.... As there was insufficient space on the wall to tack up the whole drawing while I was working on it, a section of it was rolled up as I worked on the remaining section.... Although it is a drawing it relates to the large paintings that I painted during the period from Autumn 1957 to February 1959: I had an obsessive urge to work on a large scale during that period. In fact that drawing represented the beginning of my “Large Scale Period”.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I

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