Peter Coker

Sheep’s Head


Not on display

Peter Coker 1926–2004
Graphite, charcoal, watercolour and pastel on paper
Support: 384 × 543 mm
Presented by the artist 1981

Catalogue entry

T03309 SHEEP'S HEAD 1955


Not inscribed
Pencil, charcoal, pastel and watercolour on paper, 15 1/2 × 21 15/16 (38.3 × 55.7)
Presented by the artist 1981
Exh: Peter Coker: Paintings and Drawings of the Butcher's shop, University of Liverpool, January–February 1979, and tour to Carlisle, Doncaster and Southport, ending up at the RA, July–August 1979 (23)

T03302 and the studies for it T03307-T03311 are catalogued here together.

'Table and Chair’ originally contained neither the figure of the boy (the artist's son) nor the sheep's head, but a dead hare on the table, based on the drawings T03307 and T03308. A contemporary photograph of Coker sitting in front of the painting in its original state is reproduced in the catalogue of his travelling retrospective of 1972–3. the sheep's head was later substituted for the hare, suggesting a contrast between the live and enquiring face of the child and the impassive face of the dead animal.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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