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1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock
  • 1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock
  • 1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock
  • 1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock
  • 1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock
  • 1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock

1961 Abstract Oil on Canvas Painting by Raymond Hitchcock

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£1,500.00


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A very attractive and rare abstract oil on canvas painting titled ‘Red Dancer (Salome), by the author and artist Raymond John Hitchcock.

His artwork seems to be mainly in museum and university collections, with little or none on the open market. The painting is a vast array of swirls in red, orange, brown and yellow, on a dark background. It show a dancing woman with a raised arm. It is signed at the bottom left HITCHCOCK ‘61. The painting is one of a selection of paintings that we believe were the property of the late Sir Rex de Charembac Nan Kivell CMG and were forgotten in Cornwall, after his death. The painting is in a period plain white frame, but the painting would benefit from a more modern one. On the reverse is written the title. Condition is good, apart from a small tear in the bottom left, only visible if looked at against the light. It would benefit from a professional clean.

Raymond John Hitchcock (1922 - 1992) was born in Calcutta. The only son of a professional soldier, he grew up in army camps and seaside towns and enlisted in the Royal Engineers just after the outbreak of WW2. Wounded on the Normandy beaches shortly after D-Day and discharged from the army in 1945, he finished his education at Cambridge where he studied Mechanical Sciences and after graduating went to work in the rapidly growing field of telecommunications. Gradually he realised that what he really wanted to be was an artist of some sort. After several cartoons were published in Punch and paintings successfully exhibited in London and Oxford, he left engineering to concentrate on a career as an artist, many of his paintings were to be bought by the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool, (Sea of Galilee, Lovers in the Poppyfields, etc). He died in Winchester.

He is however better known as an author. His first novel, the risqué comedy ‘Percy’, was a best-seller in 1969 and a film version starred Hywel Bennett, Elke Sommer and Britt Ekland. In his Diaries ‘1969-1970 The Python Years’, Michael Palin records a visit to Pinewood Studios on April 24th 1970 with Terry Jones to discuss rewriting the screenplay of Percy for producer Betty Box and director Ralph Thomas. Palin and Jones finished their rewrites on 22nd May, whilst filming location scenes for Monty Python in Torquay and having just changed hotels after a frosty reception by the proprietors of the Gleneagles Hotel. (John Cleese decided to stay at the Gleneagles and it became the inspiration for his series ‘Fawlty Towers’.) The film was released in February 1971 but neither Palin nor Jones received an on-screen credit.

Whilst continuing to paint, Hitchcock’s writing diversified into film adaptations (There’s A Girl in my Soup), science fiction, television plays for both ITV Playhouse and the BBC series Play For Today, and also thrillers, notably ‘The Lusitania Plot’ and ‘The Tunnellers’ (1986) set in WW1 and ‘Sea Wrack’ (1980) set in the early days of WW2 and published in America under the title ‘The Canaris Legacy’.

Size picture: 61 x 102 cm (24 x 40 inches)
Size frame: 63.5 x 104.5 cm (25 x 41 1/8 inches)
Weight: 3100 g

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