Rita M. Ling

Galway Cow

1954

Medium
Limestone
Dimensions
Object: 273 x 286 x 356 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1955
Reference
T00038

Catalogue entry

T00038 GALWAY COW 1954
 
Not inscribed.
Green Kentish limestone, 10 3/4×11 1/4×14 (27·5×28·5×35·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1955.
Exh: R.A., 1955 (1373).
Repr: Royal Academy Illustrated, 1955, p.85.

Carved in 1954. The artist wrote (15 December 1955): ‘It was inspired by a journey through Galway and seeing the primitive looking black cows there lying in the mist and silhouetted against the hills and limestone rocks. I carved it when I arrived back in London longing for the peace and calm of the country I love, Eire.’

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I