Cuthbert Hamilton

Reconstruction

1919–20

Artist
Cuthbert Hamilton 1885–1959
Medium
Graphite, crayon and gouache on paper
Dimensions
Support: 559 x 419 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1965
Reference
T00758

Not on display

Display caption

In 1913 Hamilton, along with Frederick Etchells, Edward Wadsworth, Gaudier-Brzeska and William Roberts, left Roger Fry's Omega Workshops in support of Wyndham Lewis, who fell out with Fry over a commission. They joined Lewis when he established the Rebel Art Centre in March 1914, and later became associated with the Vorticist movement although not all of them signed the Vorticist Manifesto. Hamilton served as a Special Constable during the First World War. In 1920 he exhibited with the newly-formed 'Group X', established by Lewis and Edward McKnight Kauffer to provide a focus for avant-garde activity in the aftermath of war.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Cuthbert Hamilton 1885–1959

T00758 Reconstruction 1919–20

Inscr. ‘C. F. Hamilton’ b.l.
Black chalk and gouache, 22 x 16½ (56 x 42).
Purchased at Sotheby’s (Grant-in-Aid) 1965.
Coll: Acquired from the artist by William Gibson c. 1928; sold by his widow at Sotheby’s, 10 June 1965 (58) as ‘Devastation’.
Exh: (?) Group X, Mansard Gallery, March–April 1920 (3); Wyndham Lewis and the Vorticists, Tate Gallery, July–August 1956 (176) and Arts Council tour, September–December 1956 (66).

Although sometimes known as ‘Devastation’, this is probably the drawing exhibited at the Mansard Gallery in 1920 as ‘Reconstruction’. Two very similar drawings are reproduced in the catalogue of this exhibition.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1965–1966, London 1967.

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