David B. McFall Bull Calf 1942–3

Artwork details

Artist
David B. McFall 1919–1988
Title
Bull Calf
Date 1942–3
Medium Portland stone
Dimensions Object: 476 x 648 x 565 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1943
Reference
N05443
Not on display

Catalogue entry

N05443 BULL CALF 1942–3

Not inscribed.
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.

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

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