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|14 Jun 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Batten, Mark Wilfred.|
|Title:||Mark W. Batten Papers|
|Quantity:||0.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||British sculptor and author, president of Royal Society of British Sculptors, 1956-1961. Collection contains manuscript and published articles, notes, books and clippings.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Mark Wilfred Batten (1905-1993) was a British sculptor known for his skill in direct carving. One of his most famous works is The Diogenist, in Hopton-wood stone (Derbyshire marble).
Born in England on 21 Jul 1905, Batten studied at various British art schools. Although he began to experiment with sculpture on his own in 1927, learning stone carving in the granite mason's yards in Cornwall, he exhibited only drawings and paintings until he was in his thirties. In 1936 he began exhibiting his sculpture, including a show at the Royal Academy in 1939. During World War II he served in the Life Guards but quickly returned to his art, exhibiting widely and receiving many commissions for sculpture for public buildings. Batten was President of the Royal Society of British Sculptors (1956-1961) and wrote several books and numerous articles on sculpture.
The Mark W. Batten Papers contains correspondence, manuscripts and published material.
Correspondence consists of a single outgoing letter by Batten.
Manuscripts contains articles, portions of a book, captions, notes, a speech, several unidentified manuscripts and related materials.
Published material includes articles by and about Batten, copies of his books, and newspapers clippings by and about Batten and his work.
Material is arranged alphabetically by type and within that by title.
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Batten, Mark Wilfred.
Royal Society of British Sculptors.
Art, Modern -- 20th century.
Sculptors -- Great Britain.
Sculpture -- 20th century.
Sculpture -- Technique.
Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Mark W. Batten Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Mark W. Batten, 1965.
|Box 1||Outgoing undated|
|Box 1||"The artist is still tied to a craft" circa 1957-1958|
|Box 1||"The case for direct carving" 1958|
|Box 1||"The cult of experimentation for its own sake"|
|Box 1||"Fashion in art"|
|Box 1||"International Congress of the Arts (Dubrovnik)" 1957|
|Box 1||"Originality can be something other than stunts with technique"|
|Box 1||"Sculpture as a contemporary outlook" circa 1955-1956|
|Box 1||"Sculpture" - article in Modham's Companion Encyclopedia|
|Box 1||"What sculpture is"|
|Articles and notes|
|Box 1||"A rational basis for my aesthetic opinions"|
|Box 1||Chapter I, "Considering Sculpture in General and Stone Sculpture in Particular," from Direct Carving in Stone|
|Box 1||In the Studio Nov 1956|
|Box 1||for article, "Authentication and dating of ancient Greeks"|
|Box 1||for book, Direct Carving in Stone|
|Box 1||Untitled (1 item)|
|Box 1||Manuscripts, untitled (2 folders)|
|Box 1||Various 1952-1953, 1960, 1963 (3 folders)|
|Box 1||A better way to approach sculpture 1951, 1961-1962|
|Box 1||Direct Carving in Stone 1966 (2 copies)|
|Box 1||Stone Sculpture 1957|
|Box 1||Stone Sculpture by Direct Carving 1957|
|Box 1||About 1951-1952, 1959, undated|
|Box 1||By 1956|