Figure Lying on its Side (No.5)

Kenneth Armitage1957

Arts Council Collection

Arts Council Collection
London, United Kingdom

The distinctive form of this sculpture might owe something to Kenneth Armitage’s war-time experience in the Royal Artillery, where he worked in aircraft and tank identification. Critics have commented that the rounded body echoes the shape of a tank and the thin horizontal limbs suggest the lines of guns. The small head and rounded breasts might also relate to Armitage’s interest in ancient and Near Eastern clay sculpture.


  • Title: Figure Lying on its Side (No.5)
  • Creator: Kenneth Armitage
  • Date Created: 1957
  • Rights: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London. © The Kenneth Armitage Foundation
  • Medium: Bronze, 38.1 x 82.5 x 22.3cm

Get the app

Explore museums and play with Art Transfer, Pocket Galleries, Art Selfie, and more


Google apps