Robert Clatworthy was born in Somerset and studied at the West of England Academy, Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art. Clatworthy's early works involved expressionistic portrayal of bulls and horses: later he moved further towards more figurative work.
He was represented by the Hanover Gallery throughout the 1950s, and Waddington Gallery throughout the 1960s. One man shows include Austin Desmond Fine Art and Basil Jacobs. Both the Tate Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum hold his work. Elected Royal Academician in 1973.
A monograph of the artist's work has recently been published.
signed with artist's initials on base
number 1 from edition of 5
conceived and cast in 1963
Private Collection 2010 - 2017
London, Waddington Galleries 1965, Robert Clatworthy, cat no 9
Keith Chapman (ed.), Robert Clatworthy. Sculpture and Drawings, Sansom & Company, 2012, cat RC68, illustrated page 110
Clatworthy's walking figures have much in common with the works of Richier and of course Frink, with whom he studied at the Chelsea School of Art. He joined Hanover Gallery in the 1950s before moving to Waddington Galleries in the early 1960s. Apart from its obvious presence and unusual size, further importance can be attached to Walking Figure 1 by virtue of its casting date. A large proportion of Clatworthy's works were cast many years after the original cast.