Richard Hamilton
Self-portrait 1951

Artwork details

Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Date 1951
Medium Etching and aquatint on paper
Dimensions Image: 300 x 196 mm
support: 375 x 277 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
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These prints, with their tentative shapes resembling amoebae, anemones and other forms of microscopic life, were made in response to D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's book on morphology On Growth and Form (1917). The book was a scientific study of the forms in nature, which argued that recognisable mathematical structures can be found in all organisms. The print titled Heteromorphism was used as the cover of a catalogue for Growth and Form, an exhibition inspired by Thompson's theories, which Hamilton and Nigel Henderson organised in 1951, when they were both studying at the Slade School of Art. (See display cases).

August 2004

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