David Hockney - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Scottish Arts Council 47-59
    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 47-59
    Neil MacGregor A History of the World in 100 Objects, British Museum, London, 2013 pp.634-639

  • Catalogue Essay

    Titles include: Portrait of Cavafy in Alexandria (Pl. 1); Two Boys Aged 23 or 24 (Pl. 2); He Enquired after the Quality (Pl. 3); To Remain (Pl. 4); According to Prescriptions of Ancient Magicians (Pl. 5); In an Old Book (Pl. 6); The Shop Window of a Tobacco Store (Pl. 7); In the Dull Village (Pl. 8); The Beginning (Pl. 9); One Night (Pl. 10); In Despair (Pl. 11); Beautiful and White Flowers (Pl. 12) and Portrait of Cavafy II (Pl. 13).

    "I think I did 12 . . . 12 etchings. Some were drawn from life, some were drawn from my drawings, some were drawn from photographs. I was rather proud of it at the time, and yeah, I would have thought of it as good propaganda, I would. And [it] probably helped a little bit. And I would always defend my life as it were - what I was up to. I wasn't speaking for anybody else, but I would certainly defend my way of living, yes. I've never really been an activist, only in my work - that's my job, to do my work, not to spend it doing anything else. But if I played a little part in it, I'm proud. I might have done, I think . . . made people open their lives a little bit, perhaps. I'd like to think that.”
    David Hockney, quoted in Neil MacGregor’s discussion of In the Dull Village, chosen to be included in The British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Illustrations for Fourteen Poems by C.P. Cavafy

1966/67
The complete set of 13 etchings with aquatint, on handmade vellum wove paper, hors texte, with title page and justification,
66 x 52.7 x 4.6 cm (25 7/8 x 20 3/4 x 1 3/4 in.)
edition E, each plate signed, dated '66' and annotated 'AP' in pencil (one of 5 artist's proofs, aside from the edition of 25), published by Editions Alecto, London, all sheets, loose (as issued), each within a separate folder containing the respective poem, all generally in very good condition, contained within the original black leather portfolio box.

Estimate
£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £27,500

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Evening & Day Editions

London 12 December 2013 2pm & 6pm