Balcony view, Iping Church




Balcony view, Iping Church

Date of Production

(circa) 1943


oil on canvas


Height: 105.3 cm (canvas)
Width: 51.5 cm (canvas)

Accession Number


Mode of Acquisition

Mark Ian Alastair Hunter, bequest, 1984


The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Estate of Ivon Hitchens. All rights reserved, DACS 2023


Not currently on display



Label Text

After his London home was bombed in 1940, Ivon Hitchens moved to West Sussex where he painted this view looking towards Iping church from a balcony. The opened door divides the picture vertically; on one side the sky appears dark and threatening, whereas the scene through the glass door itself is more brightly coloured, offering a contrasting mood. The vase of poppies perhaps sounds a note of remembrance given that the picture was painted at the height of the Second World War.


Purchased from the Redfern Gallery by Dr Alastair Hunter, February 1945; Hunter Bequest 1984

Exhibition History

20th century British Art, Courtauld Gallery Room 11, 10/12/2022-07/05/2024

Ivon Hitchens: Space through Colour, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, 29/06/2019-13/10/2019; Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, 02/11/2019-23/02/2020

The Hunter Collection of Twentieth Century Masters, The Courtauld Gallery, London, 10/10/1987-03/06/1988


Inscription: inscription : signed by the artist : lower right & recto : : Hitchens

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