T03309 SHEEP'S HEAD 1955
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)
'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.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984