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Five Tyres Remoulded

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hamburg (cast)
    Switzerland (published)

  • Date:

    1963-1970 (made)
    1972 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hamilton, Richard, born 1922 - died 2011 (artist)
    Frielinghaus, Hartmut (cast-maker)
    Professional Prints (publisher)
    Eye Editions (publisher)
    Petersburg Press (distributors)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Synthetic rubber (silicone elastomer)

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Nigel Greenwood Inc., London in 1973

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LP, shelf 24

Richard Hamilton is one of the most important British artists of the 20th century. From his earliest works, which examine subjects as apparently diverse as farm machinery and the writings of James Joyce, Hamilton is widely recognised for his exploration of the relationship between contemporary life, commerce and technology, and he was one of the first to explore the potential of the computer in art. This cast belongs with a suite of screenprints, which began with a drawing copied, in 1963, from an illustration of the development of tyre treads from 1902 -1950, in a 1951 edition of the magazine 'Technique et Architecture', demonstrates his interest in design technology. He was also interested in exploring deeper, philosophical issues relating to ideas of the early 20th-century Dada artist Marcel Duchamp in the use of tautology and of complication through repetition. He developed the drawing first as a single screenprint in 1964 and again in 1970 when he was offered the services of an American computer programmer to plot the perspective of the drawings. The 3-d relief cast was produced as part of the suite and the textual documentation (Circ.11b-1973) is also an integral part of the work.

Physical description

cast synthetic rubber relief (silicone elastomer)

Place of Origin

Hamburg (cast)
Switzerland (published)


1963-1970 (made)
1972 (published)


Hamilton, Richard, born 1922 - died 2011 (artist)
Frielinghaus, Hartmut (cast-maker)
Professional Prints (publisher)
Eye Editions (publisher)
Petersburg Press (distributors)

Materials and Techniques

Synthetic rubber (silicone elastomer)


Height: 60 cm, Width: 85 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm sight size of overall depth

Object history note

The suite Circ.5-11B-1973 was originally housed in a paper-lined portfolio box lined with white paper and with an inner paper and foam support on which 68/150 is written in pencil. Text on container: 'Richard Hamilton / Five Tyres Remoulded'. Dims. of container: 86.5 x 61.2 x 3.2cm. Container is scuffed and stained. Container is unnumbered and stored elsewhere, currently (2011) at the back of the '1st Mezz' in the National Art Library.

Descriptive line

Richard Hamilton: cast synthetic rubber relief, part of the suite of five prints and cast rubber relief 'Five Tyres Remoulded'. Published 1972

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

HM= Editions Hansjorg Mayer: Richard Hamilton Prints 1939-1983. Stuttgart and London 1984
F= Richard S. Field: The Prints of Richard Hamilton. Catalogue of Exhibition at The Davidson Art Center, Wesleyan University, Middletown,Connecticut. 1973.
Richard Hamilton, Collected Words. London, Thames & Hudson, 1982, pp 97-99
also exhibited Richard Hamilton, Davidson Center, Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut, USA, 1973
Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1973

Production Note

Hartmut Frielinghaus was a professional master printer who made the synthetic rubber cast for this suite.



Subjects depicted

Tyres; Technology



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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