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Tragic Group

Brown, Ralph (1928-2013), 1953, Sculpture: bronze, 47 x 48.5 x 23.1

Born in Leeds, the son of a school caretaker, Brown was educated at Leeds Grammar School.  Following National Service after the Second World War, he studied at Leeds School of Art from 1948-51 and at the Royal College of Art from 1952-56.  He taught at Bournemouth Art College from 1956-58 and at the Royal College of Art from 1958-69.  He worked as a sculptor for almost sixty years, concentrating mainly on the human figure.  A visit to the Musée Rodin gave him an understanding of anatomical clay modelling which is reflected in his powerful early bronzes, of which his Tragic Group is one.  This sculpture, dated 1953 was bought by the LACF, together with a second bronze, Running Girl with Wheel, dated 1954, in 1958.