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The model for this delicate pencil and crayon drawing was apparently an American named Bobby Earles, whom Hockney met in Los Angeles and brought back to England. It is one of many figure drawings of youths made by Hockney in London in the early 1960s, at a time when he was exploring his own sexuality. Hockney''s models for these homoerotic drawings were often friends and lovers, but he also used photographs from American gay magazines. The model for this delicate pencil and crayon drawing was apparently an American named Bobby Earles, whom Hockney met in Los Angeles and brought back to England. It is one of many figure drawings of youths made by Hockney in London in the early 1960s, at a time when he was exploring his own sexuality. Hockney''s models for these homoerotic drawings were often friends and lovers, but he also used photographs from American gay magazines.

August 2004