[from] TEN STUDIES FOR ‘THE RAPE OF THE SABINES’ c.1946–48 [T02042-T02051]
T02051 SEATED WOMAN 1947
Inscribed ‘Ceri Richards '47’ b.l.
Pen and ink with watercolour on paper, 8 × 11 (20.4 × 28)
Purchased from the Artist's Estate (Grant-in-Aid) 1976
Exh: As a set: Homage to Ceri Richards, Fischer Fine Art, September–October 1972 (46)
Lit: J.R. Webster, Introduction to Ceri Richards, Arts Council of Great Britain Welsh Committee, 1961; Robert Melville, ‘A One-Sided argument with Mr Thompson’, Catalogue of Marlborough Fine Art Retrospective Exhibition, June 1965; Roberto Sanesi, The Graphic Work of Ceri Richards (tr. Burns), Milan 1973, pp.10–11, 33–47 and passim
Frances Richards told the compiler that the theme of ‘The Rape of the Sabines’ arose directly out of Richards' work on a three-part lithograph illustrating Dylan Thomas's poem ‘The force that through the green fuse drives the flower’, commissioned by Poetry London in 1945 and published in the magazine that year (Vol.3). This poem had also inspired his earlier ‘Cycle of Nature’ series, with its plant and animal-derived images of fruitfulness and sexuality, as well as an oil of that title…