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Adrian Stokes's last eleven paintings were all completed after the onset in July 1972 of his final illness, ten of them being begun after that time. The last nine belong to the Tate Gallery. The nature of, and treatment for, Stokes's illness, a tumour of the brain, help account for these paintings' particular character. Stokes stated that during this last period he was able to achieve the results he was seeking as a painter. All these works were painted at his home in Hampstead, north London, and the vessels represented include several made by his wife Ann, whose pottery was in their house.

September 2004