Peter Coker Sheep’s Head 1955

Artwork details

Artist
Peter Coker 1926–2004
Title
Sheep’s Head
Date 1955
Medium Graphite, charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper
Dimensions Support: 384 x 543 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1981
Reference
T03309
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03309 SHEEP'S HEAD 1955

 

Not inscribed
Pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolour on paper, 15 1/2 × 21 15/16 (38.3 × 55.7)
Presented by the artist 1981
Exh: Peter Coker: Paintings and Drawings of the Butcher's shop, University of Liverpool, January–February 1979, and tour to Carlisle, Doncaster and Southport, ending up at the RA, July–August 1979 (23)

T03302 and the studies for it T03307-T03311 are catalogued here together.

'Table and Chair’ originally contained neither the figure of the boy (the artist's son) nor the sheep's head, but a dead hare on the table, based on the drawings T03307 and T03308. A contemporary photograph of Coker sitting in front of the painting in its original state is reproduced in the catalogue of his travelling retrospective of 1972–3. the sheep's head was later substituted for the hare, suggesting a contrast between the live and enquiring face of the child and the impassive face of the dead animal.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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