In 1966 Tom Phillips RA wanted to find an old book for
threepence and alter every page with various techniques to create an entirely
new work. The book he chanced upon was A
Human Document (1892), a little-known novel by W. H. Mallock.
Phillips decided to call his treatment A Humument, a contraction of the original title. The first
reworking was printed privately in 1973. Almost 50 years later he continues to
revise and develop it.
Gallery X has been reconfigured with this epic work in mind: the central installation exhibits the continuation of the second version of A Humument virtually entire, running in page order.