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Balcony View, Iping Church

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Courtauld

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After his London home was bombed in 1940, Ivon Hitchens moved to West Sussex where he painted this view looking towards Iping church from a balcony. The opened door divides the picture vertically; on one side the sky appears dark and threatening, whereas the scene through the glass door itself is more brightly coloured, offering a contrasting mood. The vase of poppies perhaps sounds a note of remembrance given that the picture was painted at the height of the Second World War.

The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)





oil on canvas


H 105.3 x W 51.5 cm

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bequeathed by Dr Mark Ian Alastair Hunter, 1984

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The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)

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