Alan L. Durst

Girl Binding her Hair

1929

Medium
Derbyshire fossil stone on marble base
Dimensions
Object: 425 x 295 x 465 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1965
Reference
T00722

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Durst was primarily a sculptor of religious works, often carving in wood and ivory as well as stone. When not working to a commission he made smaller sculptures of animals and nude female figures. This is a significant example of the latter, showing his interest in richly textured, unusual British stones. This particular work is carved in 'Derbyshire Fossil' and shows Durst's stylistic preference for block-like, solid forms. The base is black marble.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Alan Durst 1883-1970

T00722 Girl Binding her Hair 1929

Not inscribed.
Derbyshire fossil, 16 x 11½ x 9½ (41 x 29 x 24) on black marble base, 2 x 16½ x 11½ (5 x 42 x 29).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist through the Leicester Galleries 1965.
Exh: Levande Brittiska Konstnärer, Kungliga Akadamien för de Fria Konsterna, Stockholm, October–November 1929 (54); London Group, Exhibition of Open Air Sculpture, Selfridge’s Roof Garden, June–August 1930 (55); Leicester Galleries, October 1930 (9); Spring Exhibition, Bradford, 1931 (236); Autumn Exhibition, Liverpool, 1933 (1565); Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, September–December 1938 (52); London Group Jubilee, Tate Gallery, July–August 1964 (65, repr.); Gallery Group Exhibition, Leicester Galleries, August–September 1964 (not catalogued); R.A., 1965 (1517).
Repr: R.A. Illustrated, 1965, p. 60.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1964–1965, London 1966.

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