Hooper, George: Hotel Entrance
Between 1946 and 1955, 40 ‘Lyons Lithographs’ were commissioned, intended for display in Lyons Teashops and we have 7 available from the first series issued. They provide a wonderful overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists and are now real rarities.
They were printed on paper whose quality reflected the austerity of the times and those surviving are frequently grubby and uncared for. Our Lyons Lithographs have all been professionally cleaned and conserved and their colours are fully restored. They are mounted on conservation quality boards and are ready to frame.
‘Hotel Entrance’ is the eighth from the First Series of 16 ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’ and, whilst George Hooper was never afraid of using colour in his work, he really went for it here in this slighty mysterious and suspenseful hotel scene.
Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate.
Artist: George Hooper (1910-1994)
Title and date: Hotel Entrance, 1947, no. 8
Size: 74.5 x 98.0 cms.
A painter, born in Gorakphur, India, Hooper arrived in England in 1922. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and then the Royal Academy Schools between 1931 and 1935. He spent two years in Italy on a Rome Scholarship in 1935-37 then during the war, joined the ARP. He painted watercolours of buildings and sites of national importance for the Pilgrim Trust’s ‘Recording Britain’ project. During the 1950s, Hooper designed posters for companies including the General Post Office, Esso, and Shell and taught part-time at Brighton Art School. He exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, Artist of Fame and Promise during the 1940s and at Wildenstein’s during the 1950s. He also showed with the London Group and at the Royal Society of British Artists. Hooper’s later solo exhibitions included at Odette Gilbert Gallery, 1984-86; Sally Hunter Fine Art, 1988; a memorial exhibition at Michael Parkin Gallery, 1995 and a retrospective at Collyer-Bristow, London in 2003. His work is represented in the Brighton and Hove Museums and Art Galleries, British Museum, National Railway Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.