Alexander Mackenzie

Drawing, June 1963

1963

Medium
Crayon and pastel on paper
Dimensions
Support: 537 x 645 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by Miss E.M. Hodgkins 1977
Reference
T02240

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Mackenzie was born in Liverpool and attended Liverpool College of Art. In 1950 he moved to Cornwall where he spent the remainder of his life. Between 1951 and 1964 he taught at the Plymouth College of Art and Design. At the same time he exhibited his paintings with the Penwith Society and in group shows across the country and abroad. The artist wrote of this drawing: ‘It was part of a series (one of which I still possess) – a reclining figure/landscape idea. I made two paintings at the time – reclining landscape #8211;

Gallery label, September 2004

Catalogue entry

T02240 DRAWING, JUNE 1963 1963

Not inscribed
Pastel and black crayon, 21 × 25 3/8 (53.5 × 64.5)
Bequeathed by Miss E. M. Hodgkins 1977
Prov: Purchased by Miss E. M. Hodgkins from the Penwith Gallery 1963
Exh: Summer Exhibition, Penwith Gallery, St Ives, 1963 (28) as ‘Drawing, June 1963’

When this work was unframed a very similar drawing by Alexander Mackenzie signed and dated 18 June 1963 was found underneath on a piece of paper of the same size. In a letter to the compiler (dated 8 April 1978) the artist wrote: 'Both the drawings you refer to were done at the same time - as far as I remember a line did not look right so I redrew the whole thing - I did not realise that I had left it in as packing!

'It was part of a series (one of which I still possess)-a reclining figure/landscape idea. I made two paintings at the time - reclining landscape - some title.

‘The purchase was made from the Penwith, and the drawing was untitled.’

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979

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