HE ENQUIRED AFTER THE QUALITY FROM 'ILLUSTRATIONS FOR FOURTEEN POEMS FROM C.P CAVAFY'

1966

Hockney, David
In Cafavy's poem, a handsome man browses in a store as an excuse for a furtive encounter with the shop assistant: 'He asked about the quality of the handkerchiefs, and what they cost; in a voice that was choked, almost stifled by his yearning'. This image is based on a drawing of man selling bottles in a bazaar, which Hockney inscribed 'these bottles should be handkerchiefs'.
  • Artwork Details: 57.2 x 40cm Image, 35 x 22.3cm
  • Edition: 46/75
  • Material description: etching
  • Credit line: © David Hockney
  • Theme: Scene With Figures
  • Medium: Print
  • Accession number: PR 281

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