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James Joyce has been a strong influence on Hamilton's approach to image-making. During the Second World War Hamilton organised readings from 'Ulysses' at his workplace, EMI factory in Hayes. In 1947 he began illustrating the book. These drawings formed the basis for the, as yet, incomplete series of prints which he began to make in 1981. Hamilton has translated Joyce's varied and complex use of language and style into a collage of visual styles, nowhere more so than in 'In Horne's House'. His intention is to make eighteen etchings corresponding to the number of chapters in the book. As with many of his works, some of the 'Ulysses' prints, such as 'Finn MacCool', are derived from newspaper and television images.

September 2004