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Richard Hamilton, the father of British Pop, is best known for his famous collage ‘Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?’, (1956). Hamilton is also recognised as an innovative and experimental printmaker. What is not so well known is that for nearly sixty years he read and re-read James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ with an eye to the complexities of contemporary life. Thus his ‘Finn McCool’, the Citizen in ‘Ulysses’, refers to traditional representations of Jesus Christ and also a Republican prisoner taking part in the so-called dirty protest in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland in 1981. In other prints from this series Hamilton reveals his personal identification with the character of Leopold Bloom. This is one of four prints acquired from ‘Imaging Ulysses’, a British Council touring exhibition of prints by Hamilton shown at IMMA in 2002.

MediumHeliogravure, lift-ground spit-bite aquatint and engraving
Dimensions Plate size, 53.7 x 40.3 cm
Sheet size, 76 x 56 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2003
EditionEdition 86/120
Item NumberIMMA.1661
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Richard Hamilton, Finn MacCool, 1983, Heliogravure, lift-ground spit-bite aquatint and engraving, Plate size, 53.7 x 40.3 cm|Sheet size, 76 x 56 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2003

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Richard Hamilton 1922–2011

British painter and collage artist Richard Hamilton studied painting at the Royal Academy School and the Slade School of Art. In 1952 he founded the ‘Independent Group’ which was instrumental in the development of English Pop Art. A major retrospective of Hamilton’s work was held in the Tate Gallery, London in 1992. He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1993. An exhibition of Hamilton’s illustrations of James Joyce’s 'Ulysses' took place at IMMA in 2002.

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