Peter Watson,Richard Hamilton and Adrian Berg

In the early 1950’s, Peter Watson was heavily involved with the developing ICA. Although he was to die in 1956, he just had time to connect with one or two artists who are, or who were until very recently, still alive. An example was Richard Hamilton, who died not long ago. I spoke to him earlier in the year and he gave me a very interesting Watson anecdote which will appear in the book.

Adrian Berg, perhaps best known as the artist of Regent’s Park,may or may not have known Watson. When I met him at the reception at the RA following John Craxton’s memorial service, I forgot to ask him. Now it’s too late.

In Tate Britain on Sunday I noticed that there is an interesting area of work by Hamilton, presumably put up to commemorate him, and also a large and beautifully lush picture of the Park by Berg, to mark his recent passing.