Ivon Hitchens
Interior, Boy in Bed 1941

Artwork details

Ivon Hitchens 1893–1979
Interior, Boy in Bed
Date 1941
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 406 x 743 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1980
Not on display

Display caption

When they first moved to Lavington Common, Hitchens and his family lived in a caravan. His studio was built in 1941. During the day Hitchens painted in the studio while his wife Mollie and son John occupied the caravan. This picture shows the family at night in the studio where they slept. John can be seen in the cot while Mollie is at the sink with steps behind leading to an attic. 'Boy in Bed' belongs to a series of paintings of interiors which suggest the cosy intimacy of family life, although during the war-torn 1940s the family endured real physical hardship.

September 2004

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