T03721 Crouching Woman 1923
Bronze 4 3/8 × 5 3/4 × 3 1/4 (110 × 145 × 190)
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Given to the Victoria and Albert Museum by Dr Neville Goodman, 1971 (A. 32–1971)
Exh: Travelling exhibitions of the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum; True and Pure Sculpture, Frank Dobson, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, July–August 1981, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, September–October 1981, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, October–November 1981, City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, November 1981–January 1982 (35, repr.). Also repr: Raymond Mortimer, Frank Dobson, 1926, pl.5 (as ‘Study. Bronze (1923)’)
Dobson designed ‘Cambria Receiving the Homage of Posterity’ in 1923 as a Welsh National War Memorial for Cardiff. A bronze cast of the large maquette was first exhibited in the London Group in June 1925 (189), and consisted of a seated female nude with a very much smaller crouching nude beside her. This bronze was acquired by Manchester City Art Gallery in 1932. The Tate Gallery's ‘Crouching Woman’ is a cast of a study for this smaller figure, and differs from it by her not reaching so far forward.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986