Drawing from the Antique, (The Plaster Cast Room at Newport School of Art), 1936
Passe-partout (ref: 4082)
Signed, inscribed with title and dated
Pen and ink over pencil on card, 10 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (26.5 x 20 cm.)
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Provenance: from the artist's own collection.
Exhibited: The Unknown Artist: Stanley Lewis and his contemporaries, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum, 12th June - 5th September 2010..cat.no.36
Art School contained a small and intriguing museum of sculptured copies
of Greek and Roman statues and relief panels of decorative art. I can
remember the sculptures vividly as I drew everyone from every angle
possible. They were Venus de Milo, Boy and Goose, Belvedere Torso,
Michelangelo's Two Slaves, and fantastic casts of decorative design.
Whilst I was a student I was utterly entranced by these wonderful and
historic replicas and studied them constantly with passion, and sketched
them constantly by experimenting with pencil, charcoal and chalk, water
colours and oils. I shall never forget the horror I experienced on the
first morning of my release from the army. I was paralyzed with shock!
It was a surrealistic scene. Dali and Picasso would have loved it. All
the casts had been packed solid in the room which had a very poor roof.
Shrapnel during the war must have punched holes in it and rain had
dripped on the plaster casts and dissolved the plaster and consequently
had accumulated in mounds on the floor and disappeared down the drains.
The distorted casts seemed to have melted into bizarre sculptures and I
felt empty and extremely sad at this awful and needless sight.