Ivon Hitchens

Balcony at Cambridge

1929

Artist
Ivon Hitchens 1893–1979
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 508 x 610 mm
frame: 738 x 844 x 120 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1980
Reference
T03122

Not on display

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Hitchens was a member of the Seven & Five Society, a key group of modern-minded artists of the 1920s. Landscape and still-life were staples of British painting during that decade. Views of landscapes through windows were particularly common among Seven & Five members. Theirs was an idea of nature as viewed from a distance, ordered and calm, as if the landscape becomes a part of the still-life that often appears in the foreground. Such a desire for peaceful order might reflect the impact of the First World War of a few years earlier.

Gallery label, July 2007

Catalogue entry

T03122 BALCONY AT CAMBRIDGE 1929

Inscribed ‘Hitchens’ bottom right
Oil on canvas, 20 1/16 × 24 3/4 (51 × 61.2)
Purchased from the artist's estate through the Waddington Galleries (Grant-in-Aid) 1980
Exh: Recent Paintings by Douglas Davidson and Ivon Hitchens, Cooling Galleries, October 1929 (18 as ‘The Balcony’); Ivon Hitchens: A Retrospective Exhibition, Arts Council exhibition, Tate Gallery, July–August 1963, City Art Gallery, Bradford, August–September 1963 and City Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, September–October 1963 (7, repr.); Decade 1920–30, Arts Council exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, February–March 1970, Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, March–April, Museum and Art Gallery, Doncaster, April–May, City Art Gallery, Manchester, May–June, City Art Gallery, Bristol, June–July, Camden Arts Centre, August (66)

This picture was painted in Cambridge in the house of Canon and Mrs Murray, patrons of young artists, where Ivon Hitchens was staying at the time. Canon Murray had been Master of Selwyn College.

This catalogue entry, and those of other works by Ivon Hitchens printed below, are based on discussions (13 November 1983) with his widow, Mrs Mollie Hitchens.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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