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This work, in carved plaster, is one of only two known surviving sculptures by Nicholson. Both are in the Tate collection. The second is a painted hardwood carving, 'c.1936 (sculpture)', displayed nearby. Nicholson's practice of carving reliefs led him naturally to explore the possibility of making sculpture, which he was encouraged to do while sharing a studio with Barbara Hepworth. This piece was shown at the Duncan Miller Showrooms, London, in 1936, in an exhibition called 'Modern Painting for Modern Rooms', which was intended to demonstrate the integration of contemporary art with the contemporary habitat. Nicholson reported that he made four sculptures in March 1936, two in wood and two in plaster.

September 2004