Mind and Matter - Caricatures of Professor Budden and Henry Carr

WAG 10438


Edward Carter Preston illustrated the differences between Liverpool University’s School of Architecture and the Sandon Studios Society in this drawing. Lionel Budden was a professor of architecture at the University who was renowned for his theory­based approach. To reflect this, Carter Preston composed his body from drawing instruments with a column capital as a hat. The bohemian Sandon member Henry Carr is presented as a fleshy mass, symbolising his self­indulgence. The figures play on the Dionysian-Apollonian dialectic of emotion and logic, indicated respectively by the trailing vines and ordered columns.