the sensation of any of those figures is of a structure on which the flesh hangs, like a bag of water

In this early, deliberately un-idealised portrayal of a woman bending over, Dalwood reminds us of Edgar Degas's terracotta figures of women bathers and dancers. The visible marks made by the artist's hand make us think of touching the body. Dalwood shares the awkward approach to women of Chadwick and Butler, but in his unflattering and non-sexual experimentation he was honest about the everyday reality of the naked body.