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- Object: Thistle
Head of thistle with spiked leaves, buds and flower; dedicated proof outside the edition. 1985, published 1986
Etching with plate tone on Somerset Satin White paper
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Height: 310 millimetres (sheet (deckled edges))
Height: 170 millimetres
Width: 135 millimetres
Width: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of ten artist's proofs outside the edition of 30. Proofed and printed by Terry Wilson of Palm Tree Studios and published in 1986 by James Kirkman (London) and Brooke Alexander (New York).
The artist commented on 11/6/04 that the dedication probably refers to the mother of one of his friends.
Text from 'Living with art: The Alexander Walker collection' (British Museum Press, 2020):
The spiked leaves of the thistle clearly interested Freud; as early as 1946 thistle leaves appear on a shelf in front of a self-portrait bust in the painting 'Man with a Thistle (Self-portrait)'. In this small etching, the head of the thistle stands proud above its spiked leaves. One of six etchings that Freud made in 1985, it was printed by Terry Wilson at Palm Tree Studios, London and co-published in an edition of thirty by James Kirkman in London and Brooke Alexander in New York. This impression is a proof and has a dedication which the artist has said may refer to the mother of one of his friends.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2004-2005 Jun-Jan, BM, Matisse to Freud: The Alexander Walker Bequest
2006 Oct-Dec, Lincoln, Usher Gallery, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 Jan-Mar, Leicester, New Walk (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 Mar-May, Leeds, Harewood House, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
2007 Jul-Sep, Gateshead, Shipley AG, (Sth Bank Tour), Matisse to Freud
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- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Alexander Walker from Marlborough Graphics, London for £5,500 (framed) on 23/7/2002.
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