Figure with dog
Watercolour and gouache: 11(h) x 15.2(w) in /
27.9(h) x 38.7(w) cm
Signed with initials & dated lower left: R. H /'73
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ROGER HILTON CBE
Northwood, Middlesex 1911 – 1975 St Just, Cornwall
Figure with dog
Signed with initials & dated lower left: R.H. / ’73
Watercolour and gouache: 11 x 15 ¼ in / 27.9 x 38.7 cm
Frame size: 18 ¼ x 22 ½ in / 46.4 x 57.2 cm
Paisnel Gallery, London
Private collection, UK
Roger Hilton was born on 23rd March 1911, the second son of Oscar Hildesheim MD (a cousin of the art historian, Aby Warburg) and his wife Louisa (née Holdsworth Sampson), a painter trained at the Slade School of Art. The family changed their name to Hilton in 1916 during the First World War. Hilton was educated at Bishop’s Stortford College, Hertfordshire before studying art at the Slade from 1929-1931 and then again between 1935-6. During the 1930s, the artist spent time in Paris at the Académie Ranson, under Roger Bissière. He held his first one-man show at the Bloomsbury Gallery, London in 1936.
Having joined the army in 1939, Hilton later became a Commando and was taken at Dieppe in 1942 as a prisoner of war. After the War, the artist taught at Port Regis Preparatory School, then at Bryanston School from 1947-8 and the Central School of Arts and Crafts from 1954-6. Hilton painted his first abstract work in 1950 and subsequently sought to ‘reinvent figuration’, simplifying his forms and palette under the influence of the Dutch artist Constant (a member of Cobra), with whom he travelled to Amsterdam and Paris in 1953. He visited St Ives in 1956 at the invitation of Patrick Heron and began to rent studio space at Newlyn during the summer. Hilton settled at Botallack, St Just in West Penwith in 1965. In 1963 he won the John Moores Painting Prize and the Unesco prize at the Venice Biennale the following year. In 1968 his was awarded a CBE.
The work of Roger Hilton is represented in the following public collections; Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums; the Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre; the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology; Bristol Museum and Art Gallery; the British Council Collection; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford Museums and Galleries; New County Hall, Cornwall Council; Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service; Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston upon Hull; the Government Art Collection; Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge; Kirklees Museums and Galleries; Towner, Eastbourne; New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service; National Museums Liverpool; Manchester City Galleries; National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art; Plymouth City Council, Museum and Art Gallery; The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney; Rugby Art Gallery and Museum; Tate
Museums Sheffield; Southampton City Art Gallery; Swindon Art Gallery; Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland; The Hepworth, Wakefield; Whitworth Art Gallery.