N05942 WOMAN 1949
Forged iron, 87×28×19 (221×71×48).
Purchased from the Hanover Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1950.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, July–August 1949 (1); Venice Biennale, 1952 (British Pavilion, 110).
Lit: Philip Hendy, ‘New Sculpture and Painting’ in Britain To-day, September 1949, p.33; Robert Melville, ‘Personages in Iron’ in Architectural Review, CVIII, 1950, p.148, repr. p.149.
This was the first important figure made by Reg Butler on a large scale and is numbered opus 21 by the Hanover Gallery. A maquette, 12 in. high (opus 20), was included in the same exhibition (2) and was acquired by Marcus Whiffin, U.S.A.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I