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‘Good Time George’ by Maggi Hambling

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Maggi Hambling. Photograph by Douglas Atfield

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 'Good Time George' by Maggi Hambling. © Maggi Hambling

From 8 November 2017

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This portrait celebrates one of Liverpool’s most colourful sons, George Melly.
Jazz performer, surrealist, comic, raconteur, critic and author, George could entertain, fascinate and outrage – often all at the same time. Fondly referred to as ‘Goodtime George ‘, he grew up in South Liverpool, and remained a frequent visitor to the city throughout his life, actively supporting the arts.

Maggi Hambling and George Melly were close friends. She painted and drew him from life, and posthumously.  He said she would go down in art history as "Maggi (Coffin) Hambling", referring to her practice of drawing and painting people on their deathbeds and afterwards.

About Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling is one of Britain’s foremost and well-known contemporary artists. Her sculpture for Benjamin Britten, ‘Scallop’, on Aldeburgh beach in Suffolk, was recently voted one of the nation’s favourite works of art.

"George often makes a grand appearance in my dreams. I still hear him laugh, tell jokes and sing.  From wherever he may be…" Maggi Hambling