The Hitchens Family: A Shared Love of Landscape – Southampton City Art Gallery

The Hitchens Family:

A Shared Love of Landscape

12 November – 4 March


In May 2022 the Gallery was generously gifted Land Quest by artist John Hitchens which featured in his significant 2020 retrospective Aspects of Landscape.

Join artist Simon Hitchens in conversation with Tim Craven as he explores both his work and the exhibition The Hitchens Family: A Shared Love of Landscape, which features work from four generations of artists: Alfred, Ivon, John and Simon Hitchens.

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In addition to this he also donated a pastel landscape drawing by his Grandfather, Alfred, making Southampton the first public collection to hold works by three generations of the Hitchens family.

In celebration of this generous gift, we will be displaying these two new acquisitions together for the first time, alongside works already in the collection by John’s father Ivon Hitchens. The exhibition will also include work by John’s son, Simon, bringing the family’s interpretation of landscape into a fourth generation.


top: Ivon Hitchens, Arched Trees No.7, 1957

© Estate of Ivon Hitchens

left: John Hitchens, Land Quest, 2017

© The Artist





John Hitchens in his studio

© A.K.Purkiss

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