T00387 RECLINING FIGURE 1939
Bronze, 5 3/8×10×3 3/8 (13·5×25·5×8·5).
Presented by the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1960.
Coll: Purchased by the Friends of the Tate Gallery from the artist 1960.
Exh: The lead original: Leicester Galleries, February 1940 (71).
Lit: Read and Sylvester, I, 1957, p.12, No.208, the lead original repr. p.119; Neumann, 1959, pp.81–2, 98, 109, the lead original repr. pl.50; Grohmann, 1960, pp.46–8, another cast repr. pl.31.
Repr: The lead original: Read, 1944, pls.104a and b; Sweeney, 1946, p.64.
One of an edition of eight bronze casts (plus one artist's copy) after the lead original (? about 13 in. long) of late 1939 in the possession of Gordon Onslow-Ford, California. The original was one of six small Reclining Figures in lead made 1938–9 (repr. Read and Sylvester, op. cit., pp.114–19; similar figures appear in drawings of the time, e.g. Read and Sylvester, op. cit., pp.209 and 211), in which, partly because of the medium, the forms become more open and skeletal as compared with those of such works as the Tate Gallery's ‘Recumbent Figure’ of 1938, N05387.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II