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Pompeii Figure

James Butler (1931-2022)



5 ¾ x 8 x 3 ¾ inches

Piccadilly Gallery, London

'Chris Beetles Summer Show', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, 2017, no 186;
'James Butler RA Remembered', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, May-June 2023, no 1

From an edition of six
On a travertine base measuring 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches

On a visit to Pompeii in the early 1950s, as part of a scholarship from the City and Guilds of London Art School, James was greatly influenced by the petrified figures, frozen in time by the disaster. He wrote 'These figures were like a half way between sculptures and real figures giving them a timeless yet human look. I was most impressed by them and made a number of sculptures with the same feeling.'

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