T02041 STUDY FOR A RELIEF CONSTRUCTION 1936
Inscribed ‘CR 36’ b.r.
Pen and brush with conté crayon on paper, 18 × 23 (45.6 × 58.4)
Purchased from the Artist's Estate (Grant-in-Aid) 1976
Exh: Ceri Richards, Whitechapel Art Gallery, June–July 1960 (104); Ceri Richards, Marlborough New London, June 1965 (?, repr.p.10 as ‘Idea for Construction’); Homage to Ceri Richards, Fischer Fine Art, September–October 1972 (40, repr.); Ceri Richards; Relief Constructions, Paintings and Drawings 1931–1939, Fischer Fine Art, February–March 1974 (54, repr.)
During the 1930s the artist made a number of quasi-surreal relief constructions (for a note on his interest in sculpture see entry for T02055 and T02056), in connection with which he made numerous pen and ink studies. Although evidently related to these, T02041 is not a study for any of the completed constructions and in the artist's 1965 Marlborough retrospective it was referred to merely as ‘Idea for Construction’.
The Tate Gallery 1976-8: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1979