Virtual Art Gallery and living Flamenco Museum

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Ron left a substantial and important art collection which is currently being curated. Selected items will be released for sale from time to time to fund projects to promote his legacy such as an art book of his life. As more of Ron’s work is released it will be announced on his website and in future newsletters. To arrange viewings, which we recommend, and for pricing, please contact:

Mike Jingle:
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Or Russell Whitbread:
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FINANCIAL TIMES Article Oct. 2021

House of the spirits: the magical afterlife of No 43

The flamenco dancer and artist Ron Hitchin lived in the same house in Hackney for nearly 70 years. It has now become the launchpad for a new interiors brand, Atelier LK.


Inside No 43, London’s Coolest Interiors Destination Right Now

This month sees Atelier LK formally launch with an exhibition, No 43, at the former home of Chinese-Lithuanian artist and dancer Ron Hitchins in London Fields, displaying a range of Hitchins’s works alongside pieces from contemporary designers inspired by either the space or Hitchins’s life.

Ron Hitchins infamous 4 poster bed

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About Ron Hitchins

Ron Hitchins was born in Poplar 20 April 1926. He passed away peacefully in Hackney 19 November 2019 at the age of 93.
Ron was the quintessential Londoner, born and brought up in Pennyfields, the original Limehouse Chinatown, to a Chinese father and a Lithuanian mother.
He was a Bevin Boy during the War, working down the coal mines in Nottinghamshire. He always loved Jazz, and used to spend his leave in London, jiving at the Feldman Club, later the 100 Club. He later apprenticed as a toolmaker, which would come in useful when he became a sculptor. He started his creative career by making shirts to sell in Petticoat Lane. He had them made up in the best fabrics such as Sea Island Cotton and he would personally embroider monograms on the pockets.
Ron just wanted to earn enough money to enable him to go out and dance in the evenings. He refused business offers to expand and was keen to keep his prices down, to make his shirts affordable.
Ron discovered flamenco when he saw the famous 'Antonio and Rosario' perform at the Cambridge Theatre in 1951, from then on Flamenco and later his artwork became the focus of his life. In August 1957 he jived non-stop for 24 hours and five minutes, to win a bet that he couldn't dance for a full day. (The extra five minutes or so were just added on for the joy of it).
He took up sculpture and gave up the shirts when he found he could scrape a living selling his tiles and sculptures. He was known as the Naked Sculptor, as he disliked the heat of casting his pieces clothed (and wanted the freedom, no doubt). He worked to the sound of his favourite Bebop Jazz, or Sarah Vaughan.





Virtual Art Gallery and living Flamenco Museum




Colour /BW


Taken by/Note

30 June to 30 July


Gallery Card


John Whibley
, 60 George Street, W1.  RH

Published by John Whibley Gallery

5 January to 13

February 1965

Gallery card


The John Whibley Gallery, 60 George
Street, W1.  RH listed as sculptor
permanently showing at the gallery.

Published by John Whibley Gallery

19 April to 7 May


Gallery card


Ron Hitchins First Solo Exhibition.  RH First one-man show at the John Whibley Gallery, 60 George Street, W1.

Published by John Whibley Gallery

28 April 1967


& Season



The Royal Academy
of Arts
Exhibition 1967
.  Catalogue numbers
1428, 1433.

The Royal Academy of the Arts

16 May to 3 June


Gallery card


Ron Hitchins ceramic and fibreglass panels.  RH solo exhibition at John Whibley Gallery, 60 George Street, W1

Published by John Whibley Gallery

7 October to 9 December 1967

Exhibitors single season ticket


To The Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts
where RH was exhibiting.

The Royal Glasgow Institute of
Fine Arts

Until 17 February 1968

Gallery card


Painters and
Sculptors of the Gallery also Permanent Exhibition of Graphics
at the John Whibley

Published by John Whibley Gallery

Undated 5 May



From St Catherine’s
College Art Society
to see ceramics by RH (and paintings by Michael Tain)

Issued by St Catherine’s College
Art Society

15 September to 13

October 1968

Exhibition Catalogue


Hampstead Artists’
Council Ltd. Exhibition

Hampstead Artists’ Council Ltd

19 April 1969 to 3

May 1969

Exhibition Catalogue


Hackney Festival, 4th
Annual Arts Exhibition 

London Borough of Hackney,

Libraries and Amenities


Exhibition Catalogue


Hackney Library

Hackney Library Services

5 October 1971



A Spanish Song and
Dance Show
, Stoke Newington
Assembly Hall
, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16.

Organised by London Borough of
Hackney Library Services

12 November to 5

December 1971

Exhibition Catalogue


Exhibiting at Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road,
London NW3.   

Organised by the Hampstead

Artists’ Council Ltd

15-23 April 1977

Exhibition Catalogue


Annual Arts Exhibition Hackney Jubilee Festival

Hackney Libraries and Amenities



Colour /BW


Taken by/Note

12 March to 16

March 1975

Exhibition Catalogue


Hampstead Old Town
, Haverstock Hill, London NW3. 

Published by The Circle Artists

18 April to 2 May


Exhibition Catalogue


Hackney Festival,
10th Annual Arts Exhibition


20-22 April 1976

Exhibition Invitation


Exhibition of
RH at the Temple Lodge, Hammersmith.  

Published by RH

April 15-23 1977

Exhibition catalogue


Annual Arts
Exhibition Hackney Jubilee Festival

Hackney Libraries and Amenities

Undated circa May 1977

Gallery brochure


Heal’s Art Gallery (Source for date: Ideal
Home magazine May 1977)

Art Gallery

16 July to

14 September C1980

Exhibition Brochure


An Exhibition of
Photographs, Hackney Creates at the Geffrye Museum

Hackney Umbrella Arts Project

9-15 March 1982

Exhibition Brochure


Annual Arts and Crafts Exhibition 

Hackney Leisure Services

21 November 2015

Exhibition Brochure


Open Cinema
Home.  Ron Hitchins; Made in Hackney
a 10 minute film  

Open School East publication.

Undated 15-31 October

Exhibition Catalogue


Glass and
Reflective Surfaces for Architecture, Euston Station Concourse and Piazza

Richard Demarco


Exhibition Catalogue


An Exhibition of
Paintings and Sculpture
by John Wobey and RH.

LB Hackney Library Services

World of Flamenco

Ron Hitchins was a living flamenco legend in the UK scene during the 60’s and 70’s but his influence spanned over 50 years. From the moment he cast eyes on Antonio and Rosario in the 1950’s at the Cambridge Theatre, his Hackney home became THE meeting place and party dance centre for every famous flamenco artist to visit the capital. The Spanish said of him “Tu eres muy Flamenca” (for us you ARE flamenco).  

Artwork For Sale

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Ron Hitchins’ Original
Four Poster Bed

Hand-made by Ron Hitchins for his own personal use, the frame is made from deal wood and decorated with 3582 hand-made 2” ceramic tiles, each one unique.

Ron constructed the bed as a present to himself for his 50th birthday in 1976. He spent nearly 15 hours a day over three months to construct it. The bed measures 1981 mm long x 2134 mm high x 1422 mm wide.

It comes with its original red velvet covering. The bed also features electric lighting at 2 corners of the canopy (not 4 as shown) and an overhead bronze-tinted mirror which can be hidden behind curtains (not included) and drawn open by means of a pull cord at the head of the bed. There are also four clips below the base which were apparently designed for use with restraints.

The bed has been solidly constructed yet designed to be easily disassembled. The top lifts off the verticle uprights and the bed base is fixed to the head and footboards by four sliding bolts.

It has been shown at several exhibitions and in 1981, Harrods offered Ron £4,000 for the bed.

There are two original drawings which will accompany the sale together with copies of various press cuttings that feature or mention the bed.

Letters from the past


Ron wasn’t shy in striking up correspondences with characters that intrigued or aroused his interests. This led to many personal letters and tributes from more prominent contemporaries in the worlds of film and TV, art and flamenco, some of which will be featured here in the coming months.

Despite his nicknames of  ‘The Prince of Petticoat Lane‘ and ‘El Flash‘, Hitchins didn’t court fame or fortune as he didn’t want his Hackney life to change. He did however enter into correspondence with artists he admired amongst many were Ernest Hemmingway, Sara Barass and Mario Maya. Many personal artifacts and letters survive his death and are held in the collection.

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