T03222 PINK AND WHITE TURNIPS 1971
Inscribed ‘Eliot Hodgkin 13 vii 71’ top right
Oil on paper laid on board, 9 3/8 × 11 1/4 (24.3 × 29.3)
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Prov: Purchased from the artist by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1972
Exh: RA, April–July 1972 (308)
In answer to questions the artist wrote (letters, 1981 and 1982) that turnips were one of several kinds of small natural object which he had painted frequently, most of his other still life paintings being in tempera. As was his custom, Hodgkin painted the Tate's picture direct from the motif, actual size. It probably required three or four sessions of perhaps four to five hours each. A drawing, since destroyed, would have assisted in the composition. He stopped painting in 1979, because he felt he had done enough.
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984