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Richard Hamilton

16 of 23 portraits by John Hedgecoe

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Richard Hamilton

by John Hedgecoe
platinum print, 1972
19 7/8 in. x 15 7/8 in. (506 mm x 402 mm) paper size; 7 3/4 in. x 9 3/4 in. (197 mm x 248 mm) image size
Purchased, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P159

Sitterback to top

  • Richard Hamilton (1922-2011), Painter. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist or producer of 2 portraits.

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  • John Hedgecoe (1932-2010), Photographer. Artist or producer associated with 23 portraits.

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In this portrait, Hamilton is pictured in front of his 1964 work, Epiphany. The painting is based on a lapel badge that the artist saw on his first visit to America. For Hamilton, the badge, which reads 'Slip it to me', epitomised the 'audacity and wit' of American art that he so admired. The work has been variously interpreted as a 'readymade' in the Duchamp tradition and in the context of Op art because of the complementary colour pairing of orange and blue. The title reflects Hamilton's belief that poetic ideas in art could be transferred through contemporary media.

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Current affairs

Britain joins the European Community. After two attempts both vetoed by President Charles De Gaulle of France, Britain is finally accepted into the EC under the pro-European leadership of Edward Heath.
British soldiers shoot 14 unarmed protesters in the Bloody Sunday massacre. The men were part of a march through Londonderry, protesting about the policy of internment without trial.

Art and science

David Bowie releases The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars; a classic glam-rock concept album with the themes of space aliens, gender ambiguity and rock 'n' roll superstardom.

International

The arrest of five men who were caught trying to bug the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee marks the beginning of the 'Watergate Scandal'. The scandal centred on attempts to spy on the Democratic opposition in order to help President Nixon's re-election, and finally led to Nixon's resignation two years later.
Black September Palestinian terrorists murder 11 Israeli athletes at the Olympic Games in Munich.

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