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Portrait Of Richard Hamilton

Portrait Of Richard Hamilton
Signed Print

David Hockney

Intaglio, 1971
Signed Print Edition of 30
H 35cm x W 27cm

Critical Review

This signed lithograph by David Hockney was released in 1971 in an edition of 35, depicting fellow British artist Richard Hamilton. In 1971, Hamilton had taken part in protests with Hockney against the proposed museum admission charges in London. Like Bradford-born Hockney, Hamilton is credited with widening the horizons of British art in the 1960s and 1970s. During the period of 1967 to 1979 Hockney produced a large number of portraits of close friends, family and acquaintances, of which Portrait Of Richard Hamilton is included. Hamilton and Hockney became acquainted when Hamilton, teaching part-time at the RCA, was asked to select a painting for a £5 prize and chose Hockney for his talent and humor. Subsequently, Hockney spent several summers at Hamilton’s holiday home in Cadaques, France, the location of this etching. Hamilton appears incredibly relaxed, loosely holding a cigar as he sits askew on a chair. As is typical of Hockney’s portraits, the sitter’s features are executed in far greater detail than the clothes they wear and the details of their surroundings. Such stylistic details are repeated across other Portraits works by Hockney.

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