Balcony view, Iping Church
Ivon Hitchens (1893 - 1979)
Oil on canvas
Height: 105.3 cm ( canvas ); Width: 51.5 cm ( canvas ); Height: 125.5 cm ( frame ); Width: 71.5 cm ( frame ); Depth: 4.4 cm ( frame );
Signed by the artist, lower right, recto, Hitchens
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.
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