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Balcony view, Iping Church
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Balcony view, Iping Church

Circa 1943

Ivon Hitchens (1893 - 1979)

Oil on canvas

Depth: 4.4 cm ( frame ); Width: 71.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 125.5 cm ( frame ); Height: 105.3 cm ( canvas ); Width: 51.5 cm ( canvas );


Signed by the artist, lower right & recto, Hitchens

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Hunter, Mark Ian Alastair (Doctor); bequest; 1984

About this work
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. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London/Jonathan Clark & Co.

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