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Roger Hilton (1911-1975)

Biography of painter Roger Hilton (1911-1975)

Roger Hilton CBE, was a pioneer of abstract art in post-war Britain. Born in London, Hilton studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks and also in Paris.

After the war, Hilton worked as a school teacher as well as a lecturer at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. He visited Cornwall frequently at this time, moving there permanently in 1965.

Hilton became a prominent member of the St Ives group gaining an international reputation. In 1963, he won the John Morris painting prize and was appointed CBE in 1968.

Hilton's second marriage was to Rose Phipps. By 1974, precipitated by alcoholism, he was confined to bed with a muscular disease.

Hilton's work became less abstract in later years, often being based on the nude or images of animals. He died at Botallack, near St Ives, in 1975.

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Lot FS23/235

Lot FS23/235: Roger Hilton [1911-1975] - Woman with Dark Hair, 1949

Roger Hilton [1911-1975] - Woman with Dark Hair, 1949- lithograph signed in pencil bottom right sight size 60.5 x 43cm.

Estimate: £400 - £600
Realised: £800

Lot FS18/323

Lot FS18/323: Roger Hilton [1911-1975] - Drawing 1971-74

Roger Hilton [1911-1975] - Drawing 1971-74 conte crayon on paper 25 x 20cm.

Estimate: £600 - £900
Realised: £2,400