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"Adolescent Parallels," Midcentury Mural Design with Male Youths, 1949



A remarkable vision of brotherly utopia, with a hint of homoeroticism, this beautiful study was painted by British artist George Frederick Hinchcliff in preparation for a proposed mural. The artist attached his own note about the piece, noting that it is executed in colored wax, watercolor and Indian ink, though the mural itself would use alabastine (a form of plaster) instead of wax. Hinchcliff was known for a series of paintings that depicted paired-off male figures in woodsy settings, but we think this is his best work. The artist is not well known, but two photographic portraits of Hinchcliff by Philip Brain are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. (Dimensions include matte; dimensions of the painting are 9.5" high by 11.5" wide.)


  • Creator
    George Frederick Hinchcliff (Painter)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16 in. (40.64 cm)Width: 22 in. (55.88 cm)Depth: .1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    It is not clear if a pale diagonal mark on the righthand side of the image is original or not. Original matte evidences widespread foxing.
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU865117120212

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