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The Haywain

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1983 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gladwin, Peter (designer)
    John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)
    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
    Kennard, Peter, born 1949 (designer)
    Greater London Council (publishers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1501-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS2

The impetus for this photomontage was the proposal to hone US nuclear cruise missiles in the East Anglian countryside. It was also a response to a Ministry of Defence leaflet, which portrayed the missiles in delicate watercolours as a harmonious part of the landscape. Here Peter Kennard combines two existing images to create a critical new meaning. He takes John Constable's painting The Hay Wain (1821), an idyllic depiction of the East Anglian countryside, and superimposes thrree nuclear warheads on the hay wagon. The subversion of a familiar icon of pastoral England achieves a chilling effect.

Physical description

Pastoral riverbank scene of Suffolk featuring a small cottage on the left and a horse drawn wagon in the mill pond at Flatford in the centre. Three nuclear warheads have been added to the wagon's contents by photomontage.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1983 (made)

Artist/maker

Gladwin, Peter (designer)
John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)
Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
Kennard, Peter, born 1949 (designer)
Greater London Council (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'There has never been an age, however rude or cultivated, in which / the love of landscape has not in some way been manifested. / John Constable 1836'
Printed in upper right corner

Photomontage by Peter Kennard 1983
Printed in lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 30 cm, Width: 43 cm

Descriptive line

'The Haywain' anti-nuclear poster for the Greater London Council, by Kennard and Gladwin, UK, 1983

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Wagon; Nuclear bombs; Nuclear war; Landscape; Riverbank

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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