Robyn Denny b.1930
T01834 Abbey Wood No.1 1958–59
Inscribed ‘Denny 59’b.r.
Paper and gouache on paper, 10 5/16 x 11¿ (26.2 x 28.2).
Presented by the artist 1973.
Exh: Tate Gallery, March–April 1973 (not numbered).
T01834 is one of about six studies for a mosaic mural at Abbey Wood Nursery School, London SE2, which was commissioned from Denny by the London County Council in 1958. This was his first mural. He was already interested in the convention and techniques of traditional mosaic murals, but although he had included tesserae in some of his paintings, he had not worked on a mosaic as such.
In preparing the design of the mural Denny considered several styles simultaneously: in T01834 and several other studies he made a collage of pieces of painted paper, scraps of newspaper and magazine headlines…