Mother and Child

Richard Hamilton British
Publisher Waddington Graphics British

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In 1969, while working in Milan, Hamilton was given a snapshot of a colleague’s wife and child. He kept the photograph in his studio for fifteen years before making works based on the image. This print was preceded by a watercolor of the subject and followed by a full-scale painting. Drawn as much to the bright, sun dappled setting as to the casually cropped image of the mother, Hamilton undertook a highly complicated technique for translating the watercolor version to this print. Collotype is a seldom-used photomechanical process developed in the nineteenth century. When allied with screen print, said Hamilton, it “works wonders.”

Mother and Child, Richard Hamilton (British, London 1922–2011 Oxfordshire), Collotype and screenprint

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