N05443 BULL CALF 1942–3
Portland stone, 18 3/4×25 1/2×22 1/4 (47·5×65×56·5).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1943.
Exh: R.A., 1943 (1041).
Carved 1942–3 at the Kennington School of Art where the artist was a week-end student. The stone came from a bombed bank in Southwark, and the artist has left some of the nineteenth-century decoration on the base. The work is an actual ‘portrait’ of a calf on the farm in Buckinghamshire where the artist was working as a labourer. It was sent to the Academy in the absence of the artist, who had never sent anything in before.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II