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- Object: The heaventree of stars
Molly and Leopold Bloom asleep head-to-foot in bed beneath a star-map, prominently marked with the corresponding constellations of Ursa Major and Leo, with superimposed shape of Victorian ewer and basin floating in space; illustration to the 'Ithaca' episode, the 17th of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. 1998
Iris digital print on Somerset paper
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Height: 530 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Based upon a photograph of the artist's wife Rita Donagh and his assistant Nigel McKernaghan posing in the Hamiltons' bed at Northend. The image was scanned and manipulated using Photoshop. The bedspread was crocheted by the artist's mother. The superimposed bedstead acts as a gateway to the stars, and the relative positions of the heavenly bodies, Ursa Major and Leo, correspond to the earthly bodies of Molly and Leopold Bloom.
Image created on a Quantel Printbox and output to disc. Printed by Ian Cartwright at Circa, London and published by the artist in an edition of 40 with 4 artist's proofs. Distributed by the Alan Cristea Gallery.
Text from Stephen Coppel, 'Imaging Ulysses: Richard Hamilton', London, BM, published by the British Council, 2002, cat.no.109:
Hamilton's title is derived from Joyce's poetic description of the night sky in the 'Ithaca' episode: 'The heaventree of stars hung with humid nightblue fruit' (U, 651). In a technical departure from the previous intaglio illustrations, this was created by Hamilton on the computer for output as an Iris digital print. An advantage of this procedure was that it saved time and energy in travelling to print workshops when the image could be created from his own studio at home. The remaining illustrations for Ulysses are likely to be produced by this computer-generated technology.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2014, 16 June-31 Aug, London, BM, 'Hamilton's Ulysses', Room 90 Michelangelo-end display (no.cat.)
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Associated Title: Ulysses
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