Roger Hilton, Breaking Out at Rope House

4 November - 24 December 2022

Our exhibition of works on paper by Roger Hilton continues at Rope House until Christmas Eve. All the works come directly from the Estate of the Artist and have not been seen before in public.


The exhibition ran from Friday 4th November to Saturday 19th November in The Studio, 2A George Street (our original gallery), just a few doors down from our new home at 10-12. From 24th November the show moved to our main gallery at Rope House.

The gallery's opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm, and on the Sunday of the Preview weekend, 10am to 5pm, though outside these times by appointment.


To view the catalogue click on the link below or visit our Private View here. Prices range from £3,000 to 16,500. For a full price list please contact the gallery. 

Installation Views
Press release

Jenna Burlingham Gallery


Roger Hilton, Breaking Out: Works on Paper
Monday 7th - Saturday 19th November 2022
(Preview Weekend: Friday 4th - Sunday 6th November 2022)

I have reached a stage now of simplifying. Art is essentially a breaking out, a shedding of old moulds.

Every true artist is a revolutionary

Roger Hilton, in a letter to Peter Townsend, 1974


Jenna Burlingham Gallery is delighted to be holding an exhibition of vibrant works on paper by Roger Hilton. All of the gouaches and drawings in the show come directly from the Artist's Estate and have not been seen before in public.


Confined to his cottage in the Cornish village of Botallack for the last three years of his life and too weak to paint in oils, Roger Hilton, defiant and unconventional to the last, took possession of a set of poster-paints belonging to one of his sons and began his last body of work.


As he lay in bed, surrounded by an increasing number of emptied whisky bottles, propped up on his left arm, painting fervently with his right arm despite being left-handed, he embarked on a spectacularly fresh series of works on paper. These compositions at first glance appear provocatively simple, yet reveal themselves to be carefully considered and demonstrate Hilton’s fearless inventiveness in his final years. Chris Stephens hailed the series as ‘one of the most extraordinary bodies of late work by any artist of the twentieth century.’ 


Hilton placed huge importance on drawing throughout his life, beginning each working day with sketching, often figuratively. While the majority of the works in this exhibition date from Hilton’s last and innovative body of work, also included are some significant works on paper from earlier in his career. 


The exhibition is taking place in The Studio at Jenna Burlingham Gallery, located at 2A George Street, just a few doors along from. our main gallery at 10-12.


The show will be open from Monday 7th to Saturday 19th November 2022 (with a Preview Weekend, during which all are welcome, from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November).


Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6pm, on the Sunday of the Preview Weekend from 10am to 5pm, and outside these times by appointment.


Jenna Burlingham Gallery
George Street, Kingsclere, Hampshire, RG20 5NQ
01635 298 855