The Accident signed 'Hillier' (lower right) pencil and crayon 26 x 33.5 cm. (10 1/4 x 13 1/4 in.)
PROVENANCE: John S. Lithiby Thence by family descent
In her literature on the artist, Jenny Pery discusses 'the immaculate pencil drawings' that Hillier would work up into paintings following his summer wanderings. The present work can be considered a particularly fine example of this and relates to the important war time oil painting The Accident (1944, Private Collection) of which there are several variations (see fig.1). Although there are obvious differences between the oil painting and the present pencil work, the religious symbolism in both is clear as Hillier has turned a motor accident in France into a Deposition from the Cross. In the oil painting a pylon is used to represent the cross and it is likely that both works are inspired by a Deposition by Petrus Christus, possibly The Lamentation (1472-73, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).