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    Sale 7424

    20th Century British Art

    16 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 134

    Reg Butler (1913-1981)

    Seated Girl

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    Reg Butler (1913-1981)
    Seated Girl
    signed and dated 'Butler 60' (lower right), inscribed and dated again 'Seated Girl 60' (on the reverse)
    pencil and charcoal
    25¼ x 32½ in. (64.2 x 82.5 cm.)

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    In a letter to Franklin Page, Reg Butler discussed his drawings, 'I draw not as a means of discovering sculptures, but as a pleasure and reward all its own. There is only one way to make sculpture - by making sculpture. Drawing has no place for me as a method of solving structural problems. BUT, since I am the same person when I draw as when I make sculpture they share a common identity. But since drawing moves on the whole more quickly than sculpture, it is sometimes possible to see from drawings done years before, sculptural preoccupations anticipated in the other medium' (see Exhibition catalogue, Reg Butler, London, Hanover Gallery, 1963).

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    with Hanover Gallery, London, June 1960.


    Stockholm, Gummessons Konstgalleri, Reg Butler: Sculpture, September - October 1960, no. 241: this exhibition travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden, Göteborgs Konstmuseum.
    Amsterdam, Galerie Ferdinand van Dieten d'Eendt, Reg Butler, no. 59, catalogue not traced.