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Reaper (d) by Richard Hamilton


Hamilton's Reaper Series was inspired by Siegfried Giedion's Mechanization takes Command. Hamilton used the components of the agricultural machine to produce a series of 'variations'. In this series of prints he broke down the components of the machine into a series of abstracted forms which he combined to produce different compositions simultaneously experimenting with the technical resources of the Slade printmaking studio. Hamilton has written about Fernand Leger's visit to the Slade in 1949 when students were invited to submit work to him for criticism: 'With some apprehension I took my small portfolio of Reapers to him and received a most kindly reaction. The whole series of 19 Reaper prints was shown at Gimpel Fils in 1950.

Lit: Waddington Graphics, Richard Hamilton Prints: A Complete Catalogue of Graphic Works 1939-1983, Stuttgart and London: Waddington Graphics: Edition Hansjorg Mayer, 1984.
Artist:Richard Hamilton
Artwork type:print
Material:drypoint and roulette on paper
Measurements:Sheet: 283 x 385 mm Plate: 176 x 271 mm
Technique:drypoint and roulette on paper
Date:1949
Location:College Art Collections, University College London (Slade School Collections)
Culture:British
Rights owner:Richard Hamilton
Rights status:UK HE use only
Institution:Slade School of Art
Notes:Signed and inscribed 'trial proof' in pencil. Hamilton's Reaper Series was inspired by Siegfried Giedeon's 'Mechanization takes Command'.

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