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Mark W. Batten Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: 1965

Biographical History

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is arranged alphabetically by type and within that by title.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


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.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Mark W. Batten Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mark W. Batten, 1965.

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