David Hockney
Bob, London 1964

Artwork details

David Hockney born 1937
Bob, London
Date 1964
Medium Graphite, crayon and gouache on paper
Dimensions Support: 500 x 402 mm
Acquisition Presented by Klaus Anschel in memory of his wife Gerty 1997
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


This ink and crayon drawing is one of numerous naturalistic drawings of young men made by Hockney in London in the early 1960s. Many of the images were taken from homoerotic American magazines, but some were drawings of the artist's friends. The picture probably depicts Bobby Earles, a boy Hockney met in Los Angeles in late 1965. A drawing with the title Bob, 'France' was made that year, when Hockney took Earles to London on the ship the S.S. France.

The inscription 'Bob, London' is written in ink, with Hockney's initials and '64' written in pencil. As he and Bob were in London in 1965, it is possible that Hockney signed and dated the drawing at a later time, and was mistaken about the date. Both works are similar in style, delicately drawn and highlighted with pink crayon.

Further reading:
Nikos Stangos (ed.), David Hockney by David Hockney, London 1976, pp.101-2, 134

Terry Riggs
November 1997