Richard Hamilton



In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Richard Hamilton 1922–2011
Etching and aquatint on paper
Image: 255 × 200 mm
support: 383 × 270mm
Purchased 1982

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These prints, with their tentative shapes resembling amoebae, anemones and other forms of microscopic life, were made in response to D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson's book on morphology On Growth and Form (1917). The book was a scientific study of the forms in nature, which argued that recognisable mathematical structures can be found in all organisms. The print titled Heteromorphism was used as the cover of a catalogue for Growth and Form, an exhibition inspired by Thompson's theories, which Hamilton and Nigel Henderson organised in 1951, when they were both studying at the Slade School of Art. (See display cases).

Gallery label, August 2004

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Catalogue entry

P07656 Heteromorphism 1951

Etching with aquatint and roulette 10 × 7 7/8 (255 × 200) on paper 15 1/8 × 10 5/8 (383 × 270), printed by the artist at the Slade School of Art, not editioned

Inscribed ‘R Hamilton’ b.r. and ‘8/20’

Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1982
Lit: Hamilton no.41, repr. p.34

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Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986

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