Surgeon Sir Roy Calne at work
One of the series of prints known as the Addenbrokes series, after the hospital in Cambridge where Bellany underwent a major operation.
From the Daily Telegraph's obituary of John Bellany:
"His darkest and best work grew out of a tumultuous and fertile period in the early Eighties when, in contrast to his declining mental and physical health, his artistic standing only rose. He suffered liver failure in 1984; Juliet [Bellany's second wife] committed suicide in 1985; and his father died just months later. In 1988 he survived a pioneering liver transplant. His surgeon was Sir Roy Calne, who was impressed with Bellany’s remarkably speedy recovery – he was the only patient the doctor had known to return to work the day after surgery."
The etching is printed on a ivory sheet of handmade paper measuring 65 x 63 cm and numbered 29/30.Materials: Etching on handmade paper
Dimensions: 45 x 39.5 cm
Provenance: REFA acquisition
Signature: Signed John Bellany lower right
Stock ref: 0343-G