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In 1955 Coker began a series of paintings inspired by a butcher's shop near his home in the East End of London. Table and Chair developed from a number of related sketches, two of which are shown in this display. In the painting, Coker included a sheep's head on a piece of newspaper alongside a portrait of his son. The lively and enquiring face of the child contrasts with the impassive face of the dead animal. This stark depiction of a domestic interior is typical of British realist painting of the 1950s.

August 2004