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The Sexton Disguised as a Ghost Stood Still as a Stone

David Hockney, 1969

WAG 2004.15

About this object

Hockney interpreted descriptive passages of text from the Grimms’ sinister story. Here, a sexton (church official) disguises himself to frighten the boy: ‘And he stood there like a stone, not making a sound.’

Hockney draped a handkerchief over a pencil to use as his ‘model’. He also makes an art historical reference to the surrealist artist René Magritte, whose pictures included objects with surfaces painted to look like stone. To create the Brothers Grimm illustrations, Hockney drew
directly onto copper plates. He published two limited editions of 100 but this version is one of 600 unbound copies..

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    David Hockney (British: English, born:1937-07-09, died:unknown)
  • Date
    1969
  • Materials
    Medium and Technique = Etching with Aquatint; Support = Pencil
  • Measurements
    45.2 cm x 31.1 cm x ; 17 13/16 in x 12 1/4 in
  • Physical description
    A black and white print showing one tall standing stone (the sexton is disguised as a stone), showing two small feet under the stone disguise. In the foreground of the canvas, and in front of the tall standing stone/the sexton, are smaller stones, about 10 of them, of varying heights and sizes, all casting their shadows to the right.
  • Related people
    David Hockney (Artist/maker)
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed by Christopher Roy Treasure, 2003
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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