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Finn MacCool

Artist:
Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire)
Date:
1983
Medium:
Photogravure, lift ground and open bite aquatint, engraving and burnisher
Dimensions:
30 x 22 1/4in. (76.2 x 56.5cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, Reba and Dave Williams Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.387
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.

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