Alan L. Durst



Not on display

Alan L. Durst 1883–1970
Siena marble
Object: 190 × 267 × 210 mm, 13.1 kg
Presented by the executor of Mrs Herbert Gibson 1932

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John Skeaping and Alan Durst shared the enthusiasm for direct carving shown by Jacob Epstein’s Doves displayed on the plinth opposite. The carving of animals was particularly popular during this period because it was felt that they could be more easily abstracted than the human form. As shown by Skeaping’s Fish, carved from a large ironstone pebble, such works combine fine carving with sensitive handling of the material.

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

N04615 FELINE 1930
Inscr. ‘19 ALD 30.’ b.l.
Siena marble, 7 1/2×10 1/2×8 1/4 (19×27×21).
Presented by the Executor of Mrs Herbert Gibson in accordance with her wishes 1932.
Coll: Purchased by Mrs H. W. S. Gibson at the Leicester Galleries 1930.
Exh: Leicester Galleries, October 1930 (15).

The artist wrote (4 August 1956): ‘It was the outcome of having a very favourite white cat in my studio, and watching her large relations in the zoo. It was an attempt to show one generalized aspect of the essential sameness of the whole tribe - in terms of Siena marble. I named it originally “Feline”, and I think perhaps that is the nearest one can get to my meaning with a simple word.’ It was previously catalogued as ‘Animal’.

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


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