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- Object: HOW A GREAT DAILY ORGAN IS TURNED OUT
Composite print of twenty small plates corresponding to a newspaper broadsheet, with a miscellany of figures based on characters in 'Ulysses' and from James Joyce's life, with trade advertisement and newspaper headpiece; illustration to the 'Aeolus' episode, the 7th of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. 1990
Mixed intaglio of lift ground aquatint, gravure, hard and soft-ground etching, burin, stipple, mezzotint, engraving and roulette, on Hahnemühle paper
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Height: 530 millimetres (total)
Width: 400 millimetres (total)
- Curator's comments
- Hamilton was fascinated by James Joyce's novel 'Ulysses' (1922), which is based on the events of one day in Dublin, 16 June 1904, the anniversary of Joyce's first walk with Nora Barnacle (later his wife). The story finds its modern-day parallel in episodes from Homer's 'Odyssey'.
Printed by the artist and Aldo Crommelynck at Atelier Crommelynck, Paris in an edition of 120 with 12 artist's proofs. Published by Waddington Graphics.
The 20 small plates that make up this composite etching were also printed individually for the portfolio IRELAND A NATION.
Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Imaging Ulysses: Richard Hamilton', London, BM, published by the British Council, 2002, cat.no.98:
The composite etching was inspired by the example of Picasso. Aldo Crommelynck had suggested to Picasso that all 66 intaglio plates from his illustrated book La Célestine be printed together on one sheet. Joyce's episode, 'Aeolus', which takes place in the office of the Freeman's Journal, is interrupted by headlines. Hamilton adopted one of these as the title for his print. Composed of twenty small plates, in which the full gamut of intaglio techniques is used, Hamilton's visualization corresponds to a newspaper broadsheet. The plates were published simultaneously as twenty individual prints in the portfolio IRELAND A NATION.
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Associated Title: Ulysses
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