It was painted in Portugal after Hennessy and Craig were forced to leave their home in Tangier and made in the last year of his life (he died in December 1980 in London). 'Éros en Gréce' was a book that Hennessy owned which discussed sexuality and the erotic in ancient Greek art in a scholarly manner, but would have been thought ‘unsuitable reading’ by more conservative types. As such, its inclusion here represents a subtle undermining of the conventional content of a still life painting. It was probably intended for the Guildhall Gallery in Chicago but that exhibition did not happen due to his untimely death.
We are grateful for Sean Kissane for his assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.
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