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Simon Digby Talking (1972-75)

Howard Hodgkin

oil on wood

Southampton City Art Gallery

Simon Digby Talking (1972-75)

© The Estate of Howard Hodgkin. Photo credit: Southampton City Art Gallery





Oil, Wood


63.2 cm

Accession Number:



Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1979

Ownership history:

Purchased from the Waddington Galleries, London by Anthony Diamond (1929-2022) for the Contemporary Art Society, 1976; presented to Southampton City Art Gallery, 1979


Simon Digby (1932-2010) was an Indian-born English historian and noted authority on South Indian history, culture and literature. Simon Digby Talking (1972-75) refers to an encounter Hodgkin had with the scholar. The artist has painted his feelings about the experience, creating an impression of the person, their surroundings and emotional responses. Hodgkin said: "The title is where it starts, the picture is where it ends up".

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