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Details & Cataloguing

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London

Eliot Hodgkin
1905-1987
PORTRAIT OF KATHERINE HODGKIN

Exhibited

London, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, Eliot Hodgkin 1905-1987: Painter and Collector, 14th March - 10th April 1990, cat. no.2.

Catalogue Note

Eliot Hodgkin, a cousin of Howard, was himself a successful artist, best-known for his highly detailed still lifes, executed in tempera.  Through this most traditional of mediums he made images which are both strikingly simple in composition, yet also intricately beautiful, seeking to raise the profile of the simplest objects and organisms. He noted eloquently: ‘I like to show the beauty of things that no one looks at twice.’

Howard’s mother Katherine, the subject of this painting, was the daughter of a Lord Chief Justice, Viscount Gordon Hewart. She is chiefly known as a botanical illustrator and indeed a passion for horticulture ran in the family, as her husband Eliot was a very talented gardener, and was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s gold medal.

Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist

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London