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  • Literature

    see Scottish Arts Council 17, 19-31
    see Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 12, 14-26
    see Editions Alecto 430, 432-444

  • Catalogue Essay

    After the two sets were pulled in 1963, the sixteen cancelled plates for A Rake's Progress were presented by Editions Alecto to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, in whose collection they remain.

    Including: The Arrival; Meeting the Good People (Washington); The Gospel Singing (Good People) Madison Square Garden; The Start of the Spending Spree and the Door Opening for a Blonde; The Seven Stone Weakling; The Drinking Scene; Marries an Old Maid; The Election Campaign (with Dark Message); Viewing a Prison Scene; Death in Harlem; The Wallet Begins to Empty; Disintegration; Cast Aside; and Meeting the Other People

  • Artist Biography

    David Hockney

    British • 1937

    With a career stretching from the early 1960s to the present, David Hockney is perhaps best known for his bright, cheerful works depicting pools and other everyday scenes from his life in southern California. Originally from West Yorkshire, England, Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art in London before spending decades on both sides of the Atlantic. The artist got his start as part of the British Pop movement, though he’s also cited Modern masters like Picasso and Matisse as major influences on his unique style. 

    Having worked in mediums such as painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and more, Hockney is among the most versatile artists of his time. Drawing on his lived experience, Hockney imparts obvious references to same-sex love and companionship in his work, a motif that began even before Britain decriminalized homosexuality in 1967. His work in present in the collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Pompidou and the Tate, which granted him a blockbuster career retrospective in 2017. At present, Hockney is one of the most expensive living artists to be sold at auction. 

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FROM THE ARCHIVE OF EDITIONS ALECTO

121

A Rake's Progress: 14 plates

1963
Fourteen etchings with sugar-lift aquatint in black and red, on Crisbrook Royal Hotpress paper, with margins.
all I. 30 x 40 cm (11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
all S. approx. 49 x 61 cm (19 1/4 x 24 in.)

Unsigned impressions, from one of two sets taken from the 16 cancelled plates (the edition was 50 and 10 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto in association with the Royal College of Art, London, all unframed, lacking Receiving the Inheritance and Bedlam.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £15,625

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London Auction 19 January 2017