Howard Hodgkin is regarded as one of the oustanding figures in British contemporary art. Educated at Eton College, Hodgkin studed at Camberwell College of Art and Bath Academy of Art before teaching at Chelsea College of Art in 1976. He was artist in residence at Brasenose College Oxford, where he was later appointed an Honourary Fellow in 1986. He won the Turner Prize in 1986 and was knighted in 1992. In 1976 the Museum of Modern Art Oxford held a major exhibtion of his work, and again, when Modern Art Oxford, in 2010. The Tate held a retrospective in 2006 and he continues to paint and publish prints, exhibiting internationally. This particular work is important as it was the first print that Hodgkin hand-coloured, which he did here with his son Sam. The edition size is also relatively small, just 30, compared to his later print runs. As such it is a rare work and a connossieurs piece for collectors of Hodgkin prints.