Arnold Machin

St John the Baptist


Not on display

Arnold Machin 1911–1999
Object: 521 × 311 × 292 mm
Purchased 1944

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Machin studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London during the Second World War and was later elected to the Royal Academy. He developed a classical style and is best known for his relief portrait of the Queen which featured on stamps and coins from 1968 to 1984. This sculpture shows John the Baptist as a boy at prayer. His delicate physique is counterbalanced by his strong and direct gaze. Machin was imprisoned in 1944 as a conscientious objector. Themes of vulnerability and spiritual salvation may have meant as much to him as they did to wider society in a global war.

Gallery label, September 2016

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Catalogue entry

N05444 ST JOHN THE BAPTIST c. 1944

Not inscribed.
Terracotta, 20 1/2×12 1/4×11 1/2 (52×31×29).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1944.

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

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