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Alec Miller (b. 1879)

Lot 444: Alec Miller (1879-1961), a carved lime wood figure

Dreweatts 1759

May 23, 2012
Newbury, United Kingdom

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Alec Miller (1879-1961), a carved lime wood figure group of a mother and child, signed to the back of the chair 'Alec Miller' and dated 1924, 28cm high, resting on a walnut base, inscribed in pencil beneath, 'Carving by Alec Miller (then living at Chipping Camden Glos.) of Elizabeth Siddons Bugden and her son John Stephen Theodore Janssen Bugden in 1923. John aged four', the base 5cm high, 42.5cm wide, 23cm deep See Carruthers Annette and Greenstead Mary (editors), Simplicity or Splendour. Arts and Crafts Living: Objects from the Cheltenham Collections, p. 148ff Alec Miller trained as a woodcarver in Glasgow. He joined the Guild of Handicraft in 1902, just as it was moving to Chipping Campden. He stayed in Campden after the failure of the Guild, broadening his work to become both carver and sculptor, craftsman and artist. He specialised in portrait sculpture and made telling studies of children. In 1939 he emigrated to California, where he had a successful career.

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