by David Hockney
etching and aquatint, 1971
13 3/8 in. x 10 1/2 in. (340 mm x 267 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 12 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- David Hockney (1937-), Artist. Artist associated with 13 portraits, Sitter in 47 portraits.
This portraitback to top
In 1971, Hamilton had one-man exhibitions in Vancouver, Milan, Amsterdam and Berlin. Earlier in the year, Hamilton had, with David Hockney, taken part in protests against the proposed museum admission charges in London. In a report of the protest, published in The Times, they were described as 'David Hockney (crisp mackintosh and blue gym shoes)' and 'Richard Hamilton (a jaunty cap and a naval manner)'.
Like Hamilton, Bradford-born Hockney is credited with widening the horizons of British art in the 1960s and 1970s. Hockney's portrait of Hamilton represents the period 1967-79 in which Hockney, experimenting with greater realism and naturalistic use of perspective, produced a number of portraits of friends and relations in various formats and scales.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Howgate, Sarah; Stern Shapiro, Barbara; Glazebrook; Mark; White, Edmund; Livingstone, Marco, David Hockney Portraits, 2006 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 12 October 2006 to 21 January 2007), p. 113
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 275
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
Events of 1971back to top
Current affairsThe United Kingdom changes to the Decimal System for currency, getting rid of shillings, and guineas and simplifying the denomination of pounds into 100 pence. This brought the British pound sterling in line with other currencies and made computer calculation easier.
Art and scienceMichael Caine stars in the filmGet Carter, a British crime classic about a man who sets out to get bloody revenge on the gangsters that killed his brother.
InternationalThe Immigration Act consolidated previous legislation in order to limit immigration, by requiring applicants to hold a work permit and introduced the concept of right of abode.
In Uganda, Idi Amin overthrows President Milton Obote and becomes dictator.