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October '56 (Brown, Black and White)

© estate of Roger Hilton. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photo credit: British Council Collection

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The stripes, blocks and lines of this painting overlap like the folded flaps of a cardboard box, wedged underneath each other in what is almost a puzzle that finally presents a flat surface. Stepping closer, it becomes possible to guess how Hilton laid them down: the orange-brown horizontal stripe is covered by the vertical, glossy black block of oil, but dirtied by an earlier brush full of black paint, and the central brown shape nearly, but not quite hides a similarly-sized area of purple.

British Council Collection


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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    140 x 127 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    purchased from Waddington Galleries, 1962


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British Council Collection

Visual Arts, Arts Group 10 Spring Gardens, London, Greater London SW1A 2BN England

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