Allen Jones
The Battle of Hastings 1961–2

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Allen Jones born 1937
The Battle of Hastings
Date 1961–2
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1829 x 1829 mm
Acquisition Presented by E.J. Power through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1980
Not on display

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Jones’s early works, such as this, explore the territory between abstraction and representation. He often took the representational element from sources formerly considered inappropriate for high art. Here, for example, the source was a diagram Jones had drawn for a group of school children to explain the movement of the opposing armies at the battle of Hastings in 1066.

Jones has had a longstanding interest in military history and another source for the painting is a drawing he made of the siege of Gibraltar during a visit to a museum in Gibraltar.

July 2008

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