Lot 164
  • 164

Ivon Hitchens

40,000 - 60,000 GBP
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  • Ivon Hitchens
  • Flower Movement
  • signed; also signed, titled, dated 1974. and inscribed on an Artist's label attached to the stretcher bar
  • oil and charcoal on canvas
  • 96.5 by 51.5cm.; 38 by 20¼in.


Dr Alastair Hunter
Crane Kalman Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner, January 1988


London, Crane Kalman Gallery, A Selection of British Art: Collectors' Items from the 20th Century, 3rd December - 9th January 1988.

Catalogue Note

'With great pleasure, I observe your "Flower Movement" 1974 by Ivon Hitchens. I have always wanted to see it! This is because I was dining with Ivon and Mollie Hitchens and took them some dark maroon coloured poppies from the garden here. Ivon was especially excited with the colour and said he would paint them the following morning. When I next went to see Ivon and Mollie I asked if I might see the painting...But no, alas. Although it was only about six weeks later, someone had already seen it and bought it on the spot!...Therefore, when I saw your [catalogue] with Ivon's and my poppies in it, I felt sure THIS must be the picture!...Please tell your purchaser that the maroon poppy was grown in Miss Gertrude...Jekyll's Garden!'
(letter from Lady Freyberg to Andras Kalman, 7th January 1988).