Howard Hodgkin

Mrs Nicholas Monro

1966–9

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1270 x 1219 mm
frame: 1283 x 1233 x 35 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1969
Reference
T01117

Catalogue entry

Howard Hodgkin b. 1932
T01117 MRS NICHOLAS MUNRO 1966–9

Inscribed by artist on turnover with dimensions and with arrow indicating top.
Canvas, 50×48 (127×122).
Purchased from Arthur Tooth & Sons (Grant-in-Aid) 1969.
Exh: Kasmin Ltd, March–April 1969 (visible not quite complete in a photograph in the catalogue of the artist at work in his studio.)

The artist wrote (8 May 1970): 'Mrs Nicholas Munro commemorates a moment in March, 1966 when Cherry stripped after lunch in the living room of their cottage in order to put on a 1938 crepe de chine dress (I think by Norman Hartnell for whom her mother-in-law was once a model). The blue disk behind is a mirror which was hung about a year later. I have known Cherry for many years but the portrait is of that moment.

‘The picture has been very much altered while being painted because I wanted if possible to retain the whole figure by itself. I have only once otherwise tried anything at all similar and then all that was left was a fragment (Walker Art Gallery). I didn't want to depict her face’.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1968-70, London 1970