- Mark Gertler 1891–1939
- Object: 597 x 419 x 375 mm
- Purchased 1951
N06033 ACROBATS 1917
Bronze, 23 1/2×16 1/2×14 3/4 (59·5×42×37·5), including bronze base, 1 (2·5) high.
Purchased from the Leicester Galleries (Knapping Fund) 1951.
Coll: Probably given by the artist's widow to his sister-in-law Mrs J. Gertler, who sold it to Rex de C. Nan Kivell.
Exh:London Group, April–May 1917 (94).
Lit: Aldous Huxley (ed.), The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, 1932, p.403.
That this work was completed by 1 April 1917 can be established from the letters written to the artist by D. H. Lawrence. This is the only known cast. It is clear from other letters written by D. H. Lawrence to Gertler that he was working at sculpture during the winter of 1916–17 and, though no other work is known to exist, there is a reference to a wood carving in a letter of 9 February 1917 (op. cit., p.397).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I
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