17 November 2006
Dame Elisabeth Frink, R.A. (1930-1993)
Harbinger Bird I
numbered 'IIII/VI' (on the base)
bronze with a dark brown patina
17½ in. (44.4 cm.) high
Conceived in 1961.
with Bertha Schaeffer Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner circa 1962.
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B. Robertson, Elisabeth Frink Sculpture Catalogue Raisonné, Salisbury, 1984, p. 153, no. 75, another cast illustrated.
Frink created a series of four Harbinger Birds in the early 1960s, their strange aggressive stance typical of the unease which seemed to pervade her work. The animals are reduced to an almost abstract form which is neither body or head. In May 1963 Tate Britain acquired a cast of Harbinger Bird IV.
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