John Hoskin

Black Beetle

1957

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Medium
Iron
Dimensions
Object: 172 x 172 x 314 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Transferred from the Victoria & Albert Museum 1983
Reference
T03752

Display caption

After leaving school at fourteen Hoskin worked in an architect's office until he joined the Army in 1942. By 1950 he had taken up painting and by 1953 had 'worked through reliefs and constructions to sculpture proper', having had no academic training in either discipline. In 1956 he became an assistant to the sculptor Lynn Chadwick and began to weld and work in iron. He held his first solo show of sculpture at Lords Gallery in October 1957 where this work was exhibited. It was one of several works in his exhibition that took their inspiration from insects and birds, other titles being 'Stag-beetle', 'Crustacean' and 'Insect'.

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T03752 Black Beetle 1957

Welded iron wire 6 3/4 × 6 3/4 × 13 1/2 (172 × 172 × 314)
Not inscribed
Transferred from the Victoria and Albert Museum 1983
Prov: Purchased by the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum, at Lords Gallery 1957 (Circ.188–1957)
Exh: Sculpture by John Hoskin, Lords Gallery, October–November 1957 (8); travelling exhibitions of the Department of Circulation, Victoria and Albert Museum

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986