Tom Phillips R.A. has received critical acclaim and has become one of Britain's best loved artists. In 1966 Phillips resolved to dedicate himself to making art out of the first secondhand book he could find for threepence on Peckham Rye. Thus began A Humument, the first and longest (50 years) of Phillips's extended serial projects. A Humument is a radical 'treatment' of a forgotten Victorian novel by means of collage, cut-up, ornament and other techniques. To date, four editions, each with a number of pages reworked, have been published, and Phillips has said the series will only be complete when all pages of his original have themselves been revised.
The Royal Academy of Art dedicated the whole of Gallery X in their 2015 Summer Exhibition to Tom Phillips with the exhibition; A Humument 1966 - 2015. The exhibition traced the history of A Humument from its initial untreated pages, the first version and the second (and final) "virtually entire" reworked version of each page. The final 50 pages of this fifty year work-in-progress were omitted from The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall will now display these final 50 pages for the first time.