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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

  • 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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Illustrations for Fourteen Poems by C.P. Cavafy

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.

£12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for £27,500

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