The Fifth of November

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Hayes was born in London, and studied at Christ Church, Oxford and the Ruskin School of Drawing. He was on the staff of the Royal College of Art and was one of the most significant art teachers of his generation, nurturing such talents as David Hockney, Peter Blake, R. B. Kitaj and Patrick Caulfield. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1963 and was a regular exhibitor at the Summer Exhibitions. Hayes also wrote widely on art history, a discipline he considered essential for any artist; and published a series of books on painters, including Renoir, Rembrandt and Stanley Spencer. His painting here shows an artist with two life-size models, creating a tableau from them in the same way that Paula Rego does with much of her own work. Stuffed creatures of all sorts, from cats to monstrous men and women fill her studio and act as models in all her paintings, prints and drawings.

British Council Collection



The Fifth of November


oil on canvas


H 64.8 x W 76.8 cm

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purchased from Marlborough Gallery, 1949

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brc: Hayes


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