Roger Hilton 1911-1975
T01854 Untitled c.1956–7 (also known as ‘Underwater Scene April 1947’)
Inscribed ‘HILTON/APRIL‘47/UNDERWATER SCENE’ on the back.
Canvas, 24 x 20 (61 x 51).
Purchased from the artist through the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1974.
Exh: Serpentine Gallery, March 1974, (6, as ‘“Underwater Scene”, April 1947’).
Lit: David Brown, ‘Roger Hilton; paintings and drawings 1931–1973 at the Serpentine Gallery’, Studio International, April 1974, Review pp.11–12 (repr. as ‘“Underwater Scene”, April 1947’).
The inscription on the back of the canvas was painted at the time Hilton was selecting work for the Arts Council exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. According to David Brown the artist is not certain whether the date is correct. It seems likely on stylistic grounds that the painting was done in the second half of the 1950s…