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Howard Hodgkin

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  • Howard Hodgkin
  • Put Out More Flags 
  • signed and dated HH 92 in pencil (lower right); inscribed and numbered AP 18/25 (lower left)
  • etching with aquatint and carborundum printed in colours, with hand-colouring by Jack Shirreff
  • sheet: 42 by 52.4cm., 16 1/2 by 20 5/8 in.
  • Executed in 1992, the present work is an Artist's proof (aside from the edition of 75).
printed by 107 Workshop, Wiltshire, published by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, on cotton paper 


Liesbeth Heenk, Howard Hodgkin Prints, London, 2003, no. 90

Catalogue Note

In Put Out More Flags, the three painted marks of the flags are done in precise movements of the brush, and while they bring a spontaneity to the work, the consistency of the results in the final edition is a testament to the relationship between artist and hand-colourist. 

Hodgkin explained, “Put Out More Flags was commissioned by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas. It was intended to celebrate their 100th anniversary, as part of the Centennial Print Project, to establish The Artists’ Fund. The title comes from Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name, published in 1942. The epigraph shows it’s a quotation from ‘a Chinese sage’: ‘A man getting drunk at a farewell party should strike a musical tone, in order to strengthen his spirit . . . and a drunk military man should order gallons and put out more flags in order to increase his military splendour.’” (Howard Hodgkin, On Print-Making at 107 Workshop, 2010)