John McKenzie (1897 - 1972):
An Armistice Day Reverie, 1940s
Unframed (ref: 2611)
Signed with initials
Welsh slate, carved in high relief, 9 1/2 x 6 in. (24 x 15 cm.)
Engraved with title on the reverse (and titled on a label to the reverse).
Provenance:Artist’s personal collection until 1972; artist’s housekeeper ; thereafter by descent.
McKenzie’s Reverie – an allegory of peace – shows an ordinary soldier exchanging his gun for a wreath during an Armistice Remembrance Ceremony.
McKenzie was a charge-hand mess-man on HMS Condor and indulged his passion for carving by night and at weekends, often producing scenes of contemporary life with an allegorical slant. UsingWelsh slate and working with engraver’s tools, he produced three to four reliefs a year , which amounted to less than a hundred in his entire career.