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Woodcut - Tiny T.N.T. Tantrum The Pocket Prince A Midget Wrestler
  • Tiny T.N.T. Tantrum The Pocket Prince A Midget Wrestler
    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932
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Tiny T.N.T. Tantrum The Pocket Prince A Midget Wrestler

  • Object:

    Woodcut

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1973 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:

    E.866-2003

  • Gallery location:

    Paintings, Room 88a, The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries, case EW

This print is a wood engraving by one of the most important British artists of the 20th century, Sir Peter Blake. Much of Blake’s work is influenced by popular culture and entertainment, combining images of film actors, pop stars and strippers with words and throw-away consumer products. This print refers to professional show wrestling. In the 1970s Blake created a series of images of wrestlers, real and fictitious, some of which are in the Museum’s print collection (Museum nos. E.359, 360 and 361: 1974).

Blake often worked in painting or collage, but this print is made with the more traditional technique of wood engraving. This combined with the modern subject matter creates a tension between old and new, the worlds of long-established printmaking and trashy late 20th-century pop culture.

Physical description

Print showing a small man, wearing a hat and an overcoat, looking up at a taller man who can be seen from the waist down. Signed, dated, titled and numbered by the artist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1973 (made)

Artist/maker

Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'TINY T.N.T. TANTRUM / THE POCKET PRINCE / A MIDGET WRESTLER'

Dimensions

Height: 20.9 cm, Width: 15.9 cm

Descriptive line

'Tiny T.N.T. Tantrum The Pocket Prince A Midget Wrestler', a woodcut print by Peter Blake, British, 1973

Labels and date

As one of the most important artists of the British Pop Art movement, Peter Blake’s adoption of wood engraving is unexpected. This print is from a series that reflects his nostalgic interest in wrestling, circuses and fairground attractions. His precise technique has the appearance of a photograph, and derives from Victorian wood engravings that appeared in the Illustrated London News. [August 2019]

Techniques

Wood-cutting

Subjects depicted

Hat; Boots

Categories

Images Online; Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Woodcuts

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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