Richard Hamilton
Swingeing London 67 (f) 1968–9

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Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Swingeing London 67 (f)
Date 1968–9
Medium Acrylic paint, screenprint, paper, aluminium and metalised acetate on canvas
Dimensions Support: 673 x 851 mm
frame: 848 x 1030 x 100 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1969
Not on display

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Hamilton based this work on a photograph, appropriated from a newspaper, showing Mick Jagger handcuffed to the art dealer Robert Fraser. The photograph appeared following their appearance in court on drugs charges. Both were convicted.The title plays the term ‘Swinging London’ against the judge’s insistence on imposing a swingeing penalty. For many, this occasion typified the moral backlash against the liberalisation of the 1960s.

May 2007

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