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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 140

    William Turnbull (b. 1922)

    Horse

    Price Realised  

    William Turnbull (b. 1922)
    Horse
    signed with monogram, dated and numbered '46 3/4' (on the back)
    bronze with a dark grey patina
    27 in. (68.6 cm.) high


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    Patrick Elliott comments, 'One of his [Turnbull's] very first sculptures, Horse, made at the Slade in 1946, is remarkably prophetic of work the artist would make forty years later. At the time Paolozzi was making sculptures in cement - a very unusual method which contrasted with the traditional approach of modelling in clay favoured at the Slade - and Turnbull adopted a similarly direct method, modelling with wet plaster on a metal armature. The Horse was made by this method; originally it bore fine, engraved marks over the surface and was painted yellow. On the other hand this work owes something to Cubism with its interlocking flat planes that could almost be disassembled, and on the other it shows the clarity and lucidity of form that would characterise Turnbull's entire oeuvre' (see exhibition catalogue, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Paintings, London, Serpentine Gallery, 1995, pp. 13-4).

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    Provenance

    with Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION


    Literature

    R. Morphet, exhibition catalogue, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Painting, London, Tate Gallery, 1973, p. 22, another cast illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, William Turnbull, London, Waddington Galleries, 1987, p. 13, another cast illustrated.
    B. Cohen, 'William Turnbull: Painter and Sculptor', Modern Painters, Winter, 1995, p. 30, another cast illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, William Turnbull: Sculpture and Paintings, London, Serpentine Gallery, 1995, p. 11, another cast illustrated.
    Exhibition catalogue, William Turnbull, London, Waddington Galleries, 2001, p. 5, another cast illustrated.
    A. Davidson, The Sculpture of William Turnbull, Aldershot, 2005, pp. 12, 78, no. 2, another cast illustrated.


    Exhibited

    London, Waddington Galleries, William Turnbull, 1987, no. 1, another cast exhibited.
    London, Waddington Galleries, William Turnbull, 2001, no. 1, another cast exhibited.