ACCORDING TO THE PRESCRIPTIONS OF ANCIENT MAGICIANS FROM 'ILLUSTRATIONS FOR FOURTEEN POEMS FROM C.P CAVAFY'

1966

Hockney, David
In Cavafy's poem a man wishes for a potion to roll back the years and reunite him with the lover of his youth. 'bring me back the age of twenty-three again; bring my friend at twenty-two years old back to me again – his beauty, his love.' This drawing was copied onto the etching plate from 'Boys in Bed, Beirut', an ink drawing made in London using friends as models.
  • Artwork Details: 57 x 39.8cm Image, 35.6 x 22.6cm
  • Edition: 11/75
  • Material description: Etching
  • Credit line: © David Hockney
  • Theme: Figurative
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: ACC3/1967

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