Catalogue entry

David Hockney b. 1937

T01517 Study for ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’ 1970

Not inscribed.
Coloured pencil, 10¿ x 15¿ (27 x 39.7) on paper 14 x 16 15/16 (35.5 x 43).
Presented by the artist 1972.
Exh: see T01515.

T01517 is a squared-up study of Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark placed before slightly shuttered full-length windows. The figure of Ossie Clark had formerly been larger in proportion and the head set upright. The artist superimposed a sheet of paper 67 x 7¿ (24.8 x 20) over the figure and redrew it.

Celia Birtwell, although in the same position as in the painting, is more relaxed and she hides much of the shutter behind her. Ossie Clark’s chair is placed on a plane parallel to the picture plane. Clark sits up straight across the side of the chair, one arm on his hip, the other flung over the back of the chair. He wears a light flowered shirt, which casts an area of light about his face and contrasts with the dark tones of his wife’s dress. In the painting he wears a sweater over the shirt.

The relaxed poses of the two figures are reversed for the painting. Celia Birtwell takes on an almost columnar pose, Ossie Clark slouches in an armed chair, a white cat in his lap.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.