(United Kingdom, Australia 28 Aug 1893 – 13 Aug 1977)
18.1 x 22.9 cm blockmark; 24.5 x 34.9 cm sheet
Upon marrying in 1923, Hawkins and his wife Irene Villiers left to live in France, Italy and Spain. They returned briefly to England, then moved to Malta in 1927 for three and a half years, where this print was made. It was also in Malta from about 1927 that Hawkins began to use the nom de plume 'Raokin', derived from the mispronunciation of his name there.
'The two minutes silence' is printed on very fine tissue, and is signed and inscribed on both sides, suggesting that the artist intended it to be viewed from both sides. His experiences of the First World War had left him a committed pacifist, vocally opposed to war.
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, AGNSW, 1998
Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 58 (illus.). cat.no. 58
Steven Miller and Eileen Chanin, The art and life of Weaver Hawkins, Roseville, 1995, 52, 195 (illus.). figure no. 12
Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999