David Hockney, ‘A Rake's Progress: 14 plates’, 1963, Phillips

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From the Archive of Editions Alecto

All images: 30 x 40 cm (11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in.)
All sheets: approx. 49 x 61 cm (19 1/4 x 24 in.)

After the two sets were pulled in 1963, the sixteen cancelled plates for A Rake's Progress were presented by Editions Alecto to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, in whose collection they remain.

Including: The Arrival; Meeting the Good People (Washington); The Gospel Singing (Good People) Madison Square Garden; The Start of the Spending Spree and the Door Opening for a Blonde; The Seven Stone Weakling; The Drinking Scene; Marries an Old Maid; The Election Campaign (with Dark Message); Viewing a Prison Scene; Death in Harlem; The Wallet Begins to Empty; Disintegration; Cast Aside; and Meeting the Other People

Signature: Unsigned impressions, from one of two sets taken from the 16 cancelled plates (the edition was 50 and 10 artist's proofs), published by Editions Alecto in association with the Royal College of Art, London, all unframed, lacking Receiving the Inheritance and Bedlam.

see Scottish Arts Council 17, 19-31
see Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 12, 14-26
see Editions Alecto 430, 432-444

About David Hockney

A pioneer of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney gained recognition for his semi-abstract paintings on the theme of homosexual love before it was decriminalized in England in 1967. In We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), red-painted couples embrace one other while floating amidst fragments from a Walt Whitman poem. After moving to California at the end of 1963, Hockney began painting scenes of the sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, depicting swimming pools, palm trees, and perpetual sunshine. Experimenting with photography in the mid-1970s, Hockney went on to create his famous photocollages with Polaroids and snapshot prints arranged in a grid formation, pushing the two-dimensionality of photography to the limit, fragmenting the monocular vision of the camera and activating the viewer in the process. A versatile artist, Hockney has produced work in almost every medium—including full-scale opera set designs, prints, and drawings using cutting-edge technology such as fax machines, laser photocopiers, computers, and even iPhones and iPads.

British, b. 1937, Bradford, United Kingdom, based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom