Reg Butler
Study for Head of Watcher 1951–2

Artwork details

Reg Butler 1913–1981
Study for Head of Watcher
Date 1951–2
Medium Graphite, crayon and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 264 x 203 mm
frame: 500 x 947 x 32 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1957
Not on display

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These drawings were made as preliminary sketches for Butler''s monument to ''The Unknown Political Prisoner'', a tower designed to commemorate those who had been imprisoned or lost their lives in the cause of freedom. The drawings represent the heads of three women, described by the artist as witnesses who remember the prisoner. Butler envisaged that the viewer would be ''drawn by their gaze into contemplation of the upper vastness of the tower.''

September 2004

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