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Richard Hamilton was born in London in 1922. He attended the Royal Academy Schools 1938 -1940 and later studied engineering draughtsmanship at a Government Training Centre. After the war ended, he returned to the Royal Academy Schools, from which he was expelled for 'not profiting from the instruction being given in the painting school'. He then attended the Slade School of Art from 1948 to 1951. An exhibition of his engravings was held at Gimpel Fils, London, in 1950. Hamilton devised and designed the exhibitions Growth and Form at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1951, and Man, Machine and Motion at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1955. He exhibited at the Hanover Gallery in 1955, and participated in This is Tomorrow at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1956, for which he produced a collage entitled Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? which was used for the poster and catalogue. In 1957 together with Victor Pasmore he devised and organised an Exhibit, at the Hatton Gallery and the Institute of Contemporary Arts.