The Sculpture of Eric Kennington

ISBN: 978-0-85331-823-1
Artist(s): Eric Kennington
Author(s): Jonathan Black
Format: hardback
Edition: First
Year published: 2002
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 112
Illustrations: 97 b&w illustrations


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This is the first book on the sculpture of Eric Kennington.

British artist Eric Kennington (1888 – 1960) was a highly regarded stone carver, whose achievements were ranked in the 1920s and 1930s alongside those of his contemporaries Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill and Frank Dobson. His work has since fallen into neglect: Jonathan Black attributes this unjust neglect to Kennington’s position between sculptural traditionalists and avant-garde artists in England.

Kennington was an Official War Artist in the First World War, and carved a number of war memorials in the 1920s. His later work is characterised by public architectural sculpture carved directly into the exterior surface of a building, and his public commissions include five relief panels for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (1930-2); models/plans for the Pan American Columbus Memorial Lighthouse, Santo Domingo (1930-4); and the stone relief for the Harold Cohen Memorial Library, University of Liverpool (1937-8). In 1936-9, Kennington carved his masterpiece: a recumbent effigy of T.E. Lawrence (‘of Arabia’), with whom he was friends since 1920. During the last fifteen years of his life, he concentrated on producing works for the interiors of churches.

The Sculpture of Eric Kennington includes the first complete catalogue of the artist’s sculpture, and an essay which sets the work in the wider context of twentieth-century British art.


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