Composition, 1930 by John Selby-Bigge

Selby-Bigge's interest lay in the abstract qualities of machinery.


Oil on board
49.6 x 74.6 cm
Art Fund grant:
£1,700 ( Total: £5,000)
Acquired in:
Mayor Gallery

He made a number of unreal, skeletal ships. He wrote of his work, that form would 'appear solid within space and as such should not create their effect by giving an illusion of depth but having an identity, an independent life of their own'. This work was purchased with additional funding from the David and Liza Brown Bequest Fund through the Art Fund.


Estate of the artist; Mayor Gallery, London; Patrick Dawnay; Michael Dawnay; Mayor Gallery, London.

Venue details

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