England | c. 1983
Dame Elisabeth Frink RA (1930-1993)
BRONZE ATLAS MAQUETTE
Signed and numbered 1/9
Conceived in 1983
Measurements: 26” (63.5 cm) High
A SUBSTANTIAL FRAMED PENCIL STUDY FOR THE ATLAS MAQUETTE
Signed and dated 1983
Measurements: 39” x 27” (100 x 70 cm) unframed; 41 ¾” x 30” (106 x 76 cm) framed
Provenance: Bobby & Virginia Chapman, Debden Manor, near Saffron Walden, Essex.
Literature: Edward Lucie-Smith, Elisabeth Frink: Sculpture since 1984 and Drawings, Art Books International: London, 1994, Cat. No. SC0b.
The striding figure in bronze with a rich brown patination, presented on an integrated base and supporting an open framework suggestive of the globe. Together with a framed original study for the work, inscribed “Frink ‘83”.
This bronze maquette relates to a one and a half times life-size figure of Atlas, 1983, now in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The work was originally commissioned by Commercial Union Properties to stand outside their new headquarters at Crutched Friary in the City of London. The building, known as Friary Court, was designed by Chapman Taylor Partners: the firm co-founded in 1959 by Bobby Chapman, the former owner of the present works. One of London’s leading architectural firms, Chapman Taylor Partners also completed projects for the Crown, Grosvenor and Cadogan Estates.