Robert Clatworthy

Bull

1956

Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Object: 324 x 190 x 451 mm, 9.3 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1959
Reference
T00265

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Clatworthy studied at the West of England College of Art, Chelsea School of Art, and the Slade School, where he was taught by the painter William Coldstream and the sculptor Bernard Meadows. He had his first solo show of small sculpture at the Hanover Gallery, London in 1955, followed by another in 1957. This sculpture of a bull was shown at the Hanover Gallery in 1957, and is one of a series of studies for a life-size plaster bull shown at the London County Council open air exhibition of sculpture in Holland Park, in the summer of 1957. The starting point for the sculpture was the sight of a bull in the field next to the artist's studio in Sussex.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

T00265 BULL 1956
 
Not inscribed.
Bronze, 12 3/4×17×7 3/4 (32·5×43×19·5).
Purchased from the Executors of E. C. Gregory (Grant-in-Aid) 1959.
Coll: Purchased by E. C. Gregory at the Hanover Gallery 1957.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, September 1957 (3).
Repr: Exh. cat., Gregory Memorial Exhibition, Leeds, March–April 1960, pl.2.

This is one of the preparatory studies for the almost life-size ‘Bull’ exhibited in plaster at the Sculpture 1850 and 1950 exhibition, Holland Park, 1957 (7); a bronze cast is now on the Alton Estate in London. The artist described it as an attempt to discover ‘an equivalent for the sheer physical power of the bull’. Two other studies were exhibited at the Hanover Gallery in 1957 (4, repr., and 5).

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

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