Lynn Chadwick 1914-2003

Osborne Samuel have for many years been closely associated with the work of Lynn Chadwick and have held exhibitions at galleries and museums in the UK and Internationally. We have also published many catalogues and books on the artist, working in conjunction with the Lynn Chadwick Estate.

Winning the International Prize for Sculpture at the 1956 Venice Biennale, when it was expected to go to Giacometti (who eventually won it in 1962), was a remarkable achievement for a sculptor who, like Butler, was ‘self-taught’ and had had an exhibiting career of scarcely a single decade. But in truth Chadwick had had a wish to become an artist from the early 1930’s, but had been persuaded by his father to pursue furniture and textile design and architectural draughtmanship in the Depression years. After war service as a Fleet Air Arm pilot, he resumed working with a design firm and began to make mobiles for trade shows in wood, perspex and aluminium. Enrolling on a welding course with the British Oxygen Company (as Butler would also do) in 1950 assisted him in producing two signal and substantial mobiles in 1951, ’Dragonfly’ and ‘Fisheater’, amongst others. In essence these demonstrated his difference from, and his different pathway to, mobile sculpture compared with that of Alexander Calder, to whom Chadwick’s work of this period has often been misleadingly compared.

While Calder usually hand-cut rounded and oval painted shapes, and spaced them out in evocative patterns on simple wire frameworks, Chadwick’s geometric, interlocking shapes appeared to be cut from a single sheet and, in the 1951 mobiles, anchored by an elaborate, rigid, constructed framework of iron rods, suggestive of the insect or marine form of its title. In the following year, developing this constructed framework of forged and welded rods brought his sculpture down to earth on poised, skeletal legs, foreshadowing the future character of his work. ‘Diamond Lil’ and the several variants of the large ‘Inner Eye’ that would be purchased by Alfred Barr for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, introduced quasi-modelled iron sheets sheltering a solid glass fragment held in the claws of iron rods. In this brief phase Chadwick could be said to come closest to Read’s ‘geometry of fear’, these works suggesting the remains of a delicate living thing which had been incinerated down to its bare bone structure, revealing a mysterious diamond-hard transparent core, whose very origin and function were unknowable. ... read more

Lynn Chadwick Exhibition Catalogue 2019 Exhibition Catalogue 2019

Lynn Chadwick Sculpture


Lynn Chadwick: Mobile, 1951

Short Horn

Lynn Chadwick: Short Horn, 1954

Teddy Boy and Girl

Lynn Chadwick: Teddy Boy and Girl, 1955

Dancing Figures (Two Dancing Figures)

Lynn Chadwick: Dancing Figures (Two Dancing Figures), 1956

Maquette for Winged Figures II

Lynn Chadwick: Maquette for Winged Figures II, 1956

Third Maquette for Teddy Boy and Girl II

Lynn Chadwick: Third Maquette for Teddy Boy and Girl II, 1956

Beast (Old Leather Head)

Lynn Chadwick: Beast (Old Leather Head), 1958

Boy & Girl

Lynn Chadwick: Boy & Girl, 1959

Two Watchers IV

Lynn Chadwick: Two Watchers IV, 1959

Lying Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Lying Beast, 1960

Watcher VI

Lynn Chadwick: Watcher VI, 1961

Maquette V Two Winged Figures

Lynn Chadwick: Maquette V Two Winged Figures, 1973

Winged Figures Version II

Lynn Chadwick: Winged Figures Version II, 1973

Two Winged Figures II

Lynn Chadwick: Two Winged Figures II, 1976

Cloaked Figure IX

Lynn Chadwick: Cloaked Figure IX, 1978

Seated Figure

Lynn Chadwick: Seated Figure, 1980

Couple on Seat

Lynn Chadwick: Couple on Seat, 1984

Sitting Woman

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Woman, 1985-86

Sitting Woman in Robes IV

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Woman in Robes IV, 1987

Sitting Couple

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple, 1989

Beast Alerted

Lynn Chadwick: Beast Alerted, 1990

Beast Alerted I

Lynn Chadwick: Beast Alerted I, 1990

Crouching Beast I

Lynn Chadwick: Crouching Beast I, 1990

Crouching Beast II

Lynn Chadwick: Crouching Beast II, 1990

Duttan’s Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Duttan’s Beast, 1990

Howling Beast

Lynn Chadwick: Howling Beast, 1990

Lion I

Lynn Chadwick: Lion I, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Sitting Couple on Bench

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Couple on Bench, 1990

Conjunction XIV

Lynn Chadwick: Conjunction XIV, Conceived and created in 1970

Pair of Sitting Figures IV

Lynn Chadwick: Pair of Sitting Figures IV, Conceived in 1973 and cast in 1981

Lynn Chadwick Paintings and Drawings


Lynn Chadwick: Untitled, 1948

Two Figures

Lynn Chadwick: Two Figures, 1956

Sitting Down Couple

Lynn Chadwick: Sitting Down Couple, 1975


Lynn Chadwick: Untitled, 1975


Lynn Chadwick: Untitled, 1975

Lynn Chadwick Prints


Lynn Chadwick: Untitled