Edward Middleditch

Dead Chicken in a Stream

1955

Medium
Oil paint on board
Dimensions
Support: 1365 x 1092 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 1964
Reference
T00641

Display caption

This was painted in Sussex early in 1955 and is one of three paintings Middleditch made at about the same time showing a dead chicken caught in a flooded stream. In 1954 he had first painted water, which was to become a recurrent image, with two powerful paintings of Sheffield Weir, one of which is in the Tate Gallery's collection. These, it has been suggested, concern death and drowning and this theme may have been continued into the next year when Middleditch painted images of dead birds in water.

Gallery label, August 2004

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