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Title

The two minutes silence

1928


Artist

Weaver Hawkins

United Kingdom, Australia

28 Aug 1893 - 13 Aug 1977


About

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


Details


Date

1928


Media category

Print


Materials used

linocut, black ink on ivory tissue


Edition

1/20


Dimensions

18.1 x 22.9 cm blockmark; 24.5 x 34.9 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. recto and verso, pencil "H Weaver Hawkins". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist's family 1976


Location

Not on display


Accession number

288.1976


Artist information

Weaver Hawkins

Works in the collection

54


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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, Sydney, 1995, 52, 195 (illus.). figure no. 12