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Horse belongs to a series of works Kneale describes as 'Bone Drawings'. As a sculptor, Kneale had made preparatory sketches, but he had not seen drawing as 'an end in itself'. He began to draw intensely after an accident in 1984, which left him temporarily disabled, and a visit to Rome in 1985, which increased his desire to draw. His fascination with 'anatomical odds and ends' and 'mouldering skeletons' can be linked with his desire to 'express the whole' and to his admiration of the paintings of George Stubbs (1724-1806), an artist famous for his equestrian imagery, whose work is also on display at Tate Britain.

August 2004