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Street Palm

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Street Palm 1990 - 1991

Not on display

This print is based on an oil painting called ‘In Tangier’ which incorporates the image of a palm tree, based on the artist’s memory of the view from a hotel in the city. Hodgkin used the same motif to make a number of prints which were also inspired by his memory of large travel posters he had seen on display in the Paris Metro in the 1950s and 1960s. As with many of Hodgkin’s prints, ‘Street Palm’ combines printed and hand-applied colours throughout the entire edition. The print was made using carborundum. This technique allows for the production of a range of effects on the print and was described by Hodgkin as being ‘marvellously liberating.’

Glossary Open


Carborundum is a compound of carbon and silicon. It is applied as a paste to the etching plate in order to produce an embossed effect on the resulting print.


A distinctive element in a work of art or design.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Carborundum, Motif, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 4250
  • Medium Hand-coloured etching with carborundum (19/55)
  • Size 149.00 x 121.00 cm (framed: 170.00 x 141.50 x 3.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Knapping Fund and funds from the donation box 1998