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Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)
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Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)

Standing dog

Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)
Standing dog
signed and numbered 'Frink 2/5' (on the back of a leg)
bronze with a dark brown patina
44 in. (111.7 cm.) long
Conceived in 1980.
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Lot Essay

Dogs appear frequently in the last decade of Frink's career. At Woolland her husband was a keen shot and kept vizslas, Hungarian gun-dogs, closely resembling weimeraners, but golden-red instead of blue-grey. While their colour and sleek contours inspired representation in bronze, Frink insisted that her sculpted dogs were generic. In conversation with Edward Lucie-Smith (Frink A Portrait, London, 1994, p. 50) she commented, 'The reason why I sculpt dogs and horses is nothing to do with whether it's a foxhound or a bulldog or whatever. It's just a dog, and dogs tend to bring certain ideas to my mind. My dogs are currently a bit related to the Hungarian vizslas we have at Woolland, but that's because they're here. The particular attraction for me is that dogs are the animals who've been closest to man for thousands of years. I find that interesting'.
This sculpture was omitted from Bryan Robertson's 1984 catalogue Elisabeth Frink Sculpture due to an oversight. This piece will be included when the publication is reprinted.

The present work is sold with a certificate of authenticity from the Frink estate.


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