Paintings sold for over £800,000 by artist who painted out of his caravan

Sussex born Ivon Hitches starting painting in his caravan after his home was bombed in the Second World War. A collection of fifteen of Hitchen’s painting were recently sold at the Bonhams sale of British and Irish art which together sold for £812,100. The most expensive piece ‘Poppies against a Grey Background’ sold for £79,300.

Hitchens painted for 40 years out of a caravan on a patch of woodland near Petworth, West Sussex after his house was bombed in 1940. Hitches went on to develop his work space by adding a series of buildings to the land.  He was part of a collection of artists known as the ‘London Group’ and started exhibiting worldwide from 1920.

The money made from the paintings will go on to provide scholarships in agriculture to support the farming industry.

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