24 May 2012
Michael Ayrton (1921-1975)
numbered '5/9' (on the back of the stand)
bronze with a dark brown patina
51 in. (129.5 cm.) high
Conceived in 1958.
with Bruton Gallery, London.
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P. Cannon-Brookes, Michael Ayrton, Birmingham, 1978, pp. 64, 139, no. 113, another cast illustrated.
C.P. Snow, Michael Ayrton Drawings and Sculpture, Kent, 1962, no. 48, another cast illustrated.
"I myself am an arthritic and can neither bend my permanently rigid back nor, for most of the time, move easily. I can achieve no athletic movement. I am in no doubt, looking back on the making of them, that these small bronzes were my substitutes for action at that time."
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