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David Hockney had just graduated from the Royal College of Art, and was enjoying a new wave of confidence; it was at this time, he felt, 'I became aware as an artist.' That summer, in an article for Ark, the RCA journal, Dick Smith remarked, 'Hockney as a personality is bound up with his paintings. The paintings serve as letters, or diary jottings or mementoes; the figures are portraits; events portrayed did happen.
oil on canvas
H 147.3 x W 152.4 cm
purchased from R. B. Mayer, Chicago, 1971