Howard Hodgkin

For Bernard Jacobson


Not on display

Howard Hodgkin 1932–2017
Lithograph on paper
Image: 1057 × 1499 mm
Purchased 1980

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This print is dedicated to the art dealer and publisher Bernard Jacobson. It shows the view from a balcony in India at night; the yellow forms and blue dots represent banana leaves. The idea for the print grew out of Hodgkin’s abandoned project to illustrate EM Foster’s book A Passage to India. This was one of the first prints to be on the same scale as Hodgkin’s paintings. It is also one of the most technically complicated prints he has ever made. Not only are layers of printing and hand colouring interleaved, but each sheet of paper was hand-dyed using vegetable dyes to achieve its rich dark colour.

Gallery label, April 2019

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Catalogue entry

P07377 (i)–(ii) FOR BERNARD JACOBSON 1979

Inscribed ‘Hodgkin 79’ bottom centre (both sheets) and ‘23/80’
Two-sheet lithograph with hand colouring, printed by Alan Cox at Sky Editions and published by Bernard Jacobson, 41 5/8×59 (105.7×150)
Purchased from Bernard Jacobson (Grant-in-Aid) 1980

This was the first of Hodgkin's prints to approach the scale of his paintings. It followed a group of much smaller hand-coloured lithographs and etchings made between 1977 and 1979. The hand-colouring is in watercolour (broad wash brushstrokes) and in wax crayon (the curved leaf-shapes). The print is on dyed paper: dying, printing and hand-colouring were all done at Sky Editions. The image is a scene on an Indian balcony at night, with banana trees below.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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