'Viewing a Prison Scene (Rake's Progress)

David Hockney

'Viewing a Prison Scene (Rake's Progress)


Etching and Aquatint

Plate Size: 30.3 x 40.1 cm Paper Size: 49 x 57.9 cm


Gerrish Fine Art


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$12,000 - $35,000

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Signed 'David Hockney' in pencil, lower right, and numbered 3/50, lower left. Printed on Barcham Green handmade paper by C.H.Welch, London, and published by Editions Alecto in 1963 (sheet bears their blindstamp). Edition of 50 plus 10 proofs.

Hogarth’s ‘The Prison’ depicts the rake in a state of despair in the murky depths of the Fleet, London’s infamous debtors’ prison. Hockney’s rake by contrast gazes up at a prison scene on the big screen from the comfort of a cinema. The cinema held a deep importance to Hockney, growing up as he did in the generation before television. From a young age Hockney was an avid cinema-goer, and it proved such a formative influence on him visually that he later declared, “I was brought up in Bradford and Hollywood”, and deemed the latter, “The Florence of the twentieth century”. 

Reference: Tokyo 21.

Collections: Tate Gallery (London), V & A (London), MOMA (New York), Art Institute of Chicago, Fine Art Museums of San Francisco, National Gallery of Australia (Canberra).

Plate Size: 30.3 x 40.1 cm
Paper Size: 49 x 57.9 cm