Modern & Post-War British Art

Modern & Post-War British Art

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 19. KENNETH ARMITAGE, R.A. | FIGURE LYING ON ITS SIDE (VERSION 5).

Property from an Important American Collection


Auction Closed

November 20, 12:36 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 GBP

Lot Details





stamped with initials and dated 1957


length: 85cm.; 33½in.

Conceived in 1957, the present work is from the edition of probably 4.

Artcurial, Paris, where acquired by Jack and Ruth Wexler, July 1985

Gifted by the above to the present owners in 1995

Roland Penrose, Kenneth Armitage: Artists of our Time Vol.VIII, Bodensee-Verlag, Amriswil, Switzerland, 1960, cat. no.19, illustrated (another cast);

Charles Spencer, Kenneth Armitage, Academy Editions, London, 1973, illustrated p.9 (another cast);

Tamsyn Woollcombe (ed.), Kenneth Armitage: Life and Work, The Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London, 1997, cat. no.KA67, illustrated p.47 (another cast);

James Scott, The Sculpture of Kenneth Armitage, Lund Humphries, London, 2016, cat. no.68, illustrated p.110 (another cast).

São Paulo, São Paulo Bienal, Ten Young British Sculptors, 1957 (British Council cast), with tour to Chile, Uraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Peru;

London, Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., Critic's Choice 1958 - David Sylvester, 1st - 26th July 1958, cat. no.29, illustrated p.23 (another cast);

Rotterdam, Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Kenneth Armitage & William Scott, 3rd - 30th June 1959, cat. no.20, illustrated (another cast);

London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Kenneth Armitage, July - August 1959, cat. no.32, illustrated pl.xiv (another cast);

Ottawa, National Gallery of Canada, Recent British Sculpture, April 1961, cat. no.8, illustrated (British Council cast), with tour to Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong;

London, Tate, 54-64: Painting and Sculpture of a Decade, 22nd April - 28th June 1964, cat. no.204, illustrated (Artist's cast);

New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Nine Living British Sculptors, 17th November - 1st December 1965 (British Council cast), with tour to India; 

United Arab Emirates, Eight British Sculptors, 1st January - 12th July 1969 (British Council cast), with tour to Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon;

Belfast, Belfast Museum and Art Gallery, British Sculpture 1952-62, 1st May - 30th June 1967 (British Council cast), with tour to Norway, France, Egypt, Turkey and Lebanon;

Norwich, Castle Museum, Kenneth Armitage, 16th December 1972 - 14th January 1973, cat. no.11, illustrated (Artist's cast), with tour to Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton; Art Gallery, Oldham; Art Gallery, Kettering; Victoria Street Gallery, Nottingham; Museum and Art Gallery, Portsmouth; City Art Gallery, Plymouth; Museum and Art Gallery, Llanelli; City Art Gallery, Leeds; and Ferens Art Gallery, Hull;

Tenerife, British Council Office, International Sculpture Exhibition, 1974 (British Council cast);

London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, British Sculpture in the Twentieth Century, 11th September 1981 - 24th January 1982, illustrated p.133 (another cast);

Paris, Artcurial, Kenneth ArmitageSculptures et Dessins, 1948-1984, May - July 1985, ex. cat. (this cast);

Kiev, Ukrainian Museum of Fine Arts, For a Wider World, June 1990 (British Council cast), with tour to Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Argentina;

Leeds, City Art Galleries, Herbert Read: A British Vision of World Art, 25th November 1993 - 5th February 1994, cat. no.10, illustrated p.153 (British Council cast);

Mannheim, Kunsthalle, Menschenbilder Figur in Zeiten der Abstraktion, October 1998 (British Council cast):

London, Barbican Art Gallery, Transition: The London Art Scene in the Fifties, 31st January - 14th April 2002, cat. no.4, illustrated p.66 (another cast);

Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg Kunstmuseum, Blast to Freeze: Britische Kunst Im 20. Jahrhundert, 14th September 2002 - 19th January 2003 (British Council cast), with tour to Les Abattoirs, Toulouse;

London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Fall Out: War and Conflict in the British Council Collection, 26th March - 30th May 2010 (British Council cast), with tour to Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury:

Bath, Victoria Art Gallery, Kenneth Armitage 1916-2002 Centenary Sculpture Exhibition, 10th September - 27th November 2016 (British Council cast), with tour to The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery, The University Library, Leeds.