Cataract Aswan, was conceived during a trip Procktor took to Egypt in October 1984 with his friend Peter Davison. Procktor's wife, Kirsten, had died quite suddenly of a heart attack only six months earlier and Procktor was still recovering from the sadness and shock of the tragedy.
The work shows the famed felucca boats of the Nile from the balcony of the equally renowned Cataract Hotel. The hotel is arguably Egypt’s finest. A favourite of the elite during Egypt’s British colonial period, it has hosted countless Kings, Queens, Prime Ministers and Presidents, however, it is perhaps best known as the place where Agatha Christie set much of her celebrated novel ‘Death on the Nile’ (published 1936).
Cataract Aswan, was exhibited for the first time at the Redfern Gallery in 1985. The exhibition coincided with a retrospective of Procktor's graphic work at the Birmingham City Art Gallery.
Cataract Aswan is a seven-colour lithograph and was printed at the Curwen Studio, London.