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Man on a Couch

© the artist. Photo credit: Arts Council Collection

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This work was painted during the artist’s final year as a student at Camberwell College of Art in London in the mid-1970s, and was originally intended as the basis for an etching. Made during a period the artist refers to as his ‘coming out’, it is one of a number of works in which Hall reflects on his sexuality. The work shows the artist’s first homosexual lover returning his gaze and tenderly beckoning to him to join him on the couch, and share his ‘happiness and security’, although it in fact relates more closely to the ending of the relationship.

Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre


  • Date


  • Medium

    ink & emulsion on etching plate on board

  • Measurements

    29.3 x 42.2 cm

  • Accession number

    AC 3050

  • Acquisition method

    purchased from the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, 1980


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Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London, Greater London SE1 8XX England

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