- Siena marble
- Object: 190 x 267 x 210 mm, 13.1 kg
- Presented by the executor of Mrs Herbert Gibson 1932
N04615 FELINE 1930
Inscr. ‘19 ALD 30.’ b.l.
Siena marble, 7 1/2×10 1/2×8 1/4 (19×27×21).
Presented by the Executor of Mrs Herbert Gibson in accordance with her wishes 1932.
Coll: Purchased by Mrs H. W. S. Gibson at the Leicester Galleries 1930.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, October 1930 (15).
The artist wrote (4 August 1956): ‘It was the outcome of having a very favourite white cat in my studio, and watching her large relations in the zoo. It was an attempt to show one generalized aspect of the essential sameness of the whole tribe - in terms of Siena marble. I named it originally “Feline”, and I think perhaps that is the nearest one can get to my meaning with a simple word.’ It was previously catalogued as ‘Animal’.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I