Colin Self

Margaret in a Chair


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Colin Self born 1941
Etching on paper
Image: 193 × 147 mm
Purchased 1983

Catalogue entry

P07941 Margaret in a Chair 1963

Etching 7 5/8 × 5 3/4 (193 × 147) on cream paper 14 × 11 1/2 (357 × 293), printed by the artist at the Slade School of Art in an edition of 5
Inscribed ‘Colin Self. 1963.’ b.l. and ‘Margaret in a Chair. No.1’ and ‘1/5’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1983

The artist and Margaret were married in 1963 (but separated in 1974); when this print was made, drawn from life, he was living at 162 Ladbroke Grove. There were two etchings of the same subject, this, made in the winter of 1963, being the first, and the second, made in the summer, being Self's ‘Diploma of Love’; both were etched and printed at the Slade where Anthony Gross was teaching. ‘Mr Gross used to make me print on a little unused press which stood outside the etching room, since my ideas were “way out” using machine plates, which he (possibly correctly) thought might damage the posh presses. He was a very good teacher’ (this and other quotations from correspondence with the compiler, June 1986). Self made paintings of the same subject which he describes as ‘much broader’. ‘So ... the pose, clothes, and style in the way the pattern on the wallpaper is “drawn as it affects the minds eye”. Considered, whereas later works exist alone, on a “psychological pedestal” in the middle of the paper.’

This entry and the following eight have been approved by the artist.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986


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