A Rake's Progess by David Hockney art exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney

Friday 14 July - Saturday 22 Dec 2017

David Hockney is one of the most successful and widely recognised British artists of his generation, with a career that now spans 6 decades.

A Rake’s Progress was made following David Hockney’s first trip to New York in 1961, a visit that marked a transformation in Hockney’s personal and professional life.  Hockney’s prints revisit themes in English artist William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, an eighteen-century moral tale presented in a series of 8 engravings.

A Rake’s Progress was Hockney’s first major group of etchings.  Since then he has created more than 500 prints.  Accomplished in drawing, Hockney developed a natural talent for depiction in line on etching plates.  This series of 16 skillfully executed etching and aquatint prints draw on his experience as a visitor to New York in their narrative, featuring a semi-autobiographical character.

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  • The Start of the Spending Spree and the Door Opening for a Blonde from A Rake’s Progress, 1961 – 1963, David Hockney (detail), Etching aquatint, Edition of 50, 18 x 23", © and courtesy David Hockney


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