Important works by the printmaker and Father of British Pop-Art, Richard Hamilton, who died earlier this year, lead Bonhams
Print sale on 29 November in London.
They include Release his famous depiction of the arrest of Mick Jagger and art dealer, Robert Fraser, for possession of drugs at a notorious party at the country house of Bill Whyman. Jaggers subsequent conviction provoked an outcry and an editorial in the Times under the heading, Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel? questioning the sentence. Based on a photograph printed in the Daily Sketch on 29 June 1967, Release was created in 1972 to raise money for a prisoners charity and became one of Hamiltons best known images. It is estimated at £15,000-20,000.
Hamilton often used photographs or film stills in his work and in the 1971, Im dreaming of a Black Christmas (£8,000-12,000) he took colour frames from the Bing Crosby movie, Holiday Inn and turned them into an ironic commentary on the films hit song, White Christmas.
Picassos Meninas (£15,000-20,000) is a witty take on Velazquezs most famous picture as interpreted by another Spanish master, Picasso. It comes from Hamiltons portfolio, Homage à Picasso, executed in 1973 as part of the celebrations to mark Picassos 90th birthday. Drawing both on the original and on Picassos own 58 interpretations of Las Meninas, Hamilton, in fact, paid homage to the work of both men.
In complete contrast is a very early work, Structure which dates from 1950. This rare etching with aquatint and roulette, is one of only a few impressions. It is signed and numbered 4/20 in pencil and was printed by the artist at the Slade School of Art, London. It is estimated at £2,000-3,000.