Richard HAMILTON, Mother and child Enlarge 1 /1


Great Britain 1922 – 2011

Mother and child (1984) Description: from Greenham Common
Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: prints, intaglio drypoint, hand coloured with blue acrylic paint. Support: Rives medium -weight white, textured wove paper.
Impression: 7/40
Edition: edition of 40 unique impressions
Publisher: Waddington Galleries Limited
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1984

Edition Notes: Editioned by Aldo Crommelynck at Atelier Crommelynck in Paris. This drypoint was included in the "Greenham Common" portfolio which includes prints by Jim Dine and Dieter Roth
Primary Insc: signed l.r below plate-mark, in pencil "R Hamilton"; inscribed l.l. below plate-mark, in pencil "7/40".
Dimensions: plate-mark 17.7 h x 17.6 w cm sheet 38.2 h x 28.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.1749.2

Hamilton’s quirky Mother and child 1984, is based on a family photograph shown to him by a young Italian lithographer in order to ease the embarrassment that both of them felt because neither could speak the other’s language.  It is a photograph he insisted on giving to Hamilton who turned it into a series of paintings and prints of oddly banal tenderness.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra