About this artwork

After the Second World War, Butler was among a number of British sculptors who felt that sculpture should respond to the nuclear age. As he remarked, 'Belsen, Buchenwald, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were very much in our minds'. In the early 1950s Butler moved away from forged work to create modelled figures cast in bronze. The architectural stand featured in this sculpture derives from Butler's earlier forged metal pieces. It can also be compared to contemporary works by Francis Bacon and Alberto Giacometti, in which a cage device is used to hold the figure in empty space and accentuate its solitary nature.

This artwork is located at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
    Reg ButlerEnglish (1913 - 1981)
  • title:
  • date created:
    1957 - 1958
  • materials:
  • measurements:
    61.00 x 61.00 cm (base size)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1962
  • accession number:
    GMA 809
  • gallery:
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Reg Butler

Reg Butler