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Work Horse: M.44-1982

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Work Horse


Sculptor: Skeaping, John
Founder: Livingstone, Wally




Bronze. The horse is depicted moving forward as if pulling a heavy load. Its head is lowered, left foreleg raised and left hind leg extended; on sloping rectangular base with rough surface. Signed on the top of the base by the left hind leg.


History note: Artist's proof

Legal notes

Given by Mr Paul Mellon, KBE

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.3 cm
Length: 51.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1982) by Mellon, Paul


Third quarter of 20th Century
Elizabeth II
Production date: AD 1978


John Rattenbury Skeaping, R.A. (1901-1980) was an English sculptor and equine painter. A leading figure in the move to ‘direct carving’, using the process of carving to suggest the final form, he was closely associated with Henry Moore, Richard Bedford and Barbara Hepworth (to whom he was married from 1925-1933).


  • Sculpture UK

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast and patinated

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: JOHN SKEAPING/78 A/P
  • Location: On top of the base by the left hind leg
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.44-1982
Primary reference Number: 13437
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_44_1982
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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