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Frank Dobson (1888-1963)

Europa and the Bull

Frank Dobson (1888-1963)
Europa and the Bull
signed 'Dobson' (on the base)
5 in. (12.7 cm.) long
Conceived in 1946 and cast in an edition of 5, three in bronze and two in terracotta.
Leslie Good Esq.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 26 March 1993, lot 107.
with Gillian Jason, London.
with Jason & Rhodes, London, where purchased by the present owner in September 1998.
The Studio, 135, June 1948, p. 187, possibly other terracotta illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Frank Dobson: Memorial Exhibition, London, Arts Council Gallery, 1966, no. 71, possibly other terracotta illustrated.
N. Jason and L. Thompson-Pharoah, The Sculpture of Frank Dobson, London, 1994, p. 156, no. 198, other terracotta illustrated.
Exhibition catalogue, Frank Dobson Sculpture and Drawings, London, Jason & Rhodes, 1994, no. 11.
London, Leicester Galleries, An Important Exhibition of Sculptures and Drawings by Frank Dobson C.B.E., R.A., November 1954, no. 80 as 'Europa', possibly other terracotta exhibited.
Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, Drawings and Small Sculptures by Frank Dobson 1886-1963, January - February 1966, no. 5, plaster exhibited. London, Arts Council Gallery, Frank Dobson: Memorial Exhibition, June - July 1966, no. 71, plaster exhibited: this exhibition travelled to Bradford, City Art Gallery, August 1966; Coventry, Herbert Art Gallery, September 1966; Gateshead, Shipley Art Gallery, October 1966; and Portsmouth, Cumberland House Museum, October - November 1966.
London, Jason & Rhodes, Frank Dobson Sculpture and Drawings, October - November 1994, no. 11.
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Lot Essay

The present work is one of two terracotta casts made by the artist in 1946. A bronze edition is also thought to have been made of this work although none have been traced. Lisa Thompson-Pharoah comments that, 'it is probable that any such casts were sold by Dobson in America. The work received a certain notoriety when it was allowed into the United States only after being held by American Customs on a charge of possible impropriety' (loc. cit.).

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