The title Double Vision
alludes to a visual disturbance which is often associated with drinking too much alcohol. In this bar scene, we might be tempted to think that this is the case for our viewer, except for the fact that on closer inspection, the two halves of this picture aren’t mirror images at all. The seemingly-conjoined twins are different in several ways, and the daffodils on the left (a recurrent theme in Sandys’ work) are unmatched. This work was created using lithography, so its range of colours would have required several layers, gradually building up to create the whole image.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 56.2 x 78.7 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio through the Institute of Contemporary Prints 1975 © Edwina Sandys
Edwina Sandys (born 1938) is a New York based British artist and sculptor. Sandys’ parents were aristocratic (her father was a Baron and her mother the daughter of Winston Churchill), and was a debutante herself. She had a career as a newspaper columnist and novelist before becoming an artist in 1970. At first a successful painter, she turned her attention to sculpture in the mid-1970s, and has exhibited her work internationally. In 1984 she was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours for services to British cultural interests in New York.