David Hockney, ‘Clandeboye’, 1969, Osborne Samuel

Signature: Titled, dated and signed with initial in pencil lower right.

Clandeboye is the family home of the late Sheridan Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, 5th Marquess of Dufferin and Ava. After leaving Oxford University Sheridan Dufferin went into business with John Kasmin and opened the Kasmin Gallery in New Bond Street, London. It was a radical new space that Kasmin, as he is known, described as 'a machine for looking at pictures in' and the interior by Ahrends, Burton and Koralek was especially designed for large canvases that gallery exhibited including works by Frank Stella, Ken Noland, Anthony Caro and David Hockney.

Lord Dufferin was a trustee of the Wallace Collection and the National Gallery, London and was a great supporter of up-and-coming contemporary British artists. He died in 1988, aged 49. This drawing was done on one of Hockney's many visits to Lord Dufferin's home and is the sitting room at Clandeboye.

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