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Bronze with dark brown patina
Inscribed 'Frink' on the base
16 3/4 ins high (42.5 cms)
Conceived in 1959 and cast in an edition of 6
With Waddington Galleries where purchased by private collector in 1972, and thence by descent
The Art of Elisabeth Frink, E. Mullins (ed.),London, no.18 (another cast illustrated)
'Elisabeth Frink Sculpture Catalogue Raisonne', B.Robertson, Salisbury, 1984, p.148, no.57 (another cast illustrated)
Frink began exploring the theme of birds of prey in the late 1950''s
and continued throughout the 1960''s. It proved to be a particularly
fertile theme for her, and one which enabled her to express and
convey her attitudes to war and aggression.
'Bird' dates from 1962 and is one of Frink's earliest explorations on
the theme. The bird is shown with its wings drawn tightly around its
body like metal armour plates, transforming it into a fighting
machine and an image of invincibility.