Julian Trevelyan Oxen 1955

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Artwork details

Artist
Julian Trevelyan 1910–1988
Title
Oxen
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 762 x 1016 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1955
Reference
T00034
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T00034 OXEN 1955

Inscr. ‘Trevelyan 55’ b.r.
Canvas, 30×40 (76×102).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1955.
Exh: R.A., 1955 (530), as ‘Oxen ploughing’, a confusion with No.439.

The artist wrote (18 November 1955): ‘My Oxen was the final picture of a series of paintings I made in Italy and in my studio in 1954 following a holiday staying with friends in a villa in the country near Siena. I made many drawings of oxen ploughing, hauling and being shod. The “lead up” to the picture in question was a smaller one that was bought by the Leicester City Art Gallery in which the oxen are smaller and the landscape more extended. I have also made an etching of more or less the same composition.’

A smaller picture of oxen ploughing was also in the R.A. (439, as ‘Oxen’) and further studies were exhibited at the Zwemmer Gallery, October–November 1955.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II

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