Roland Vivian PitchforthModel Seen from the Back c.1950-60

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Roland Vivian Pitchforth (1895‑1982)
Model Seen from the Back
Date c.1950-60
MediumInk on paper
Dimensionssupport: 254 x 333 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by the artist 1983
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03662 Model Seen from the Back c. 1950–60

Brown ink and brown pastel on cream wove paper 10 × 13 1/8 (254 × 334)
Not inscribed
Bequeathed by the artist 1983
Lit: See catalogue entry T03661

Vivian Pitchforth taught life drawing at London art schools throughout his career: Camberwell 1926–65, Clapham 1926–39, St Martin's 1930–65, RCA 1937–9, Chelsea 1948–65 and John Cass 1965–73/4. These two drawings in pastel and brown ink applied with pen and brush were made as practical demonstrations for his students. Peter Coker, RA, has described Vivian Pitchforth's classes at St Martin's School of Art:

The strength in his teaching was due in large measure to the clarity of his illustration. In spite of his deafness or perhaps because of it, his life classes became more concentrated and animated. One could also hear much of what was being said to the other students with the word ‘form’ echoing round the room ... At the end of the day he would produce his book and draw for himself which was particularly stimulating and many of his demonstration drawings were kept by the students (Times Obituary, 8 September 1982)… (read more)

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