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Harold Hitchcock (b. 1914)

Painter in watercolour and gouache, born in London as Raymond Hitchcock, whose pictures are of a visionary nature and have been called "the visual embodiment of Jung's philosophy". Financial problems prompted Hitchcock's parents to send the children to live with the maternal grandparents in Thundersley, Essex, where in a cultured environment he began to paint at the age of nine. At Thundersley he had a vision "of harmony and well-being and peace" which influenced his subsequent development, his painting being an attempt to recapture this. Back in London aged 13 he began painting imaginary natural landscapes. His work was seen by the painter Laura Knight and he was called a child prodigy, but he entered a long period doing commercial artwork - broken by service during World War II as a non-combatant, volunteering for bomb disposal - which often left him depressed. For years was plagued by trigeminal neuralgia until surgery in 1958 cured