F.E. McWilliam Cain and Abel 1952

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Artist
F.E. McWilliam 1909–1992
Title
Cain and Abel
Date 1952
Medium Aluminium on wooden base
Dimensions Object: 460 x 391 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1953
Reference
N06164
Not on display

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In late 1952 McWilliam exhibited a group of work called 'Cain and Abel' at the Hanover Gallery in London. It consisted of drawings and five sculptures made from different materials. This work was made later the same year as a maquette for the 'Unknown Political Prisoner' competition, where it won an Arts Council National Prize. The artist choose this title for his entry because it was, he wrote, 'a symbol of man's eternal persecution of man, of which the political prisoner is but the contemporary symptom.'

September 2004

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