Prunella Clough Cranes 1952

Artwork details

Artist
Prunella Clough 1919–1999
Title
Cranes
Date 1952
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 430 x 368 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Reference
P07910
Not on display

Catalogue entry

P07910 Cranes 1952


Lithograph 17 × 14 1/2 (430 × 368) on paper 25 3/4 × 19 3/4 (655 × 502), printer unidentified (see below), published by the Redfern Gallery and Millers

Inscribed ‘Clough’ b.r. and ‘3/20’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1984

‘Cranes’ was one of a group of works commissioned by Rex Nan-Kivell of the Redfern in collaboration with Millers, a publishing house set up by Frances Byng-Stamper and Caroline Lucas (who were sisters) to make artists’ lithographs. Other artists similarly commissioned at this time were Keith Vaughan, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. Like several of the series ‘Cranes’ was drawn on transfer paper and sent off to be printed: Clough saw and corrected proofs but had no direct contact with the printers themselves. Two printing studios were being used, Ravel in Paris and the Chiswick Press in London. The image is related to the relatively directly representational paintings of industrial scenes and lorries Clough was making at this date. Imagery such as the silhouetted girders and strong dark tonal blocks in this print later developed into a still referential but much less specific pictorial language.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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