Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)
Photogravure, lift ground and open bite aquatint, engraving and burnisher
30 x 22 1/4in. (76.2 x 56.5cm)
Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 2000
Not on view
Reminiscent of a nineteenth-century photograph, Hamilton’s treatment of the belligerent “citizen” in the tavern scene from James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922) is based on a picture of the imprisoned Irish nationalist Raymond Pius McCartney. McCartney, who is also the subject of Hamilton’s painting The citizen (1982–83; Tate, London), was among the IRA members who went on a notorious hunger strike at H. M. Prison Maze in Northern Ireland in 1980 (he was released in 1994). Here, Hamilton conflates the real-life McCartney with Finn MacCool, the hunter-warrior of Irish legend whom Joyce’s citizen cites as a Gaelic inspiration.
Inscription: Titled (lower left, under plate): Finn MacCool; signed and numbered (lower right): RHamilton 73/120
[Alan Cristea Gallery, London, until 2000; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Richard Hamilton: Selected Prints from the Collection, 1970–2005," December 16, 2009–May 2, 2010, no catalogue.
Artist: Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)Date: 1968Medium: Laminated offset lithograph, screenprint from one stencil, enamel paint, with collageAccession: 1979.667.6On view in:Not on view