The Human Touch

Making Art | Leaving Traces

Whose hands?

Keith Vaughan claimed that he made this drawing after watching a soldier and a woman seated together. The reduced, anonymous detail of two lovers is an interesting choice for a gay artist at this time, obliged to think secretively about romantic touch. Homosexual acts between men were illegal in the UK until the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.

Keith Vaughan (1912–1977)
Study of Hands
1944
Pen, Indian ink, grey-brown wash, black chalk and wax crayon, on paper
Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum, 1966
PD.54-1966

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