Edward Middleditch
Dead Chicken in a Stream 1955

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Edward Middleditch 1923–1987
Dead Chicken in a Stream
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on board
Dimensions Support: 1365 x 1092 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation 1964
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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