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Human Figure

  • Object:

    Lithograph

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    1968 (made)
    1968 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Fetter, William (artist)
    Motif Editions

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithograph after a computer-generated plotter drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Motif Editions in 1970.

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.773-1969

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 315, case 3, shelf R

This is one of a set of seven lithographs by different artists, published by Motif Editions in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a major exhibition held at London's Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968. The portfolio includes two works by the Computer Technique Group, plus single works by Charles Csuri and James Shaffer, William Fetter, Maughan S. Mason, Donald K. Robbins, and Kerry Strand. The complete set was acquired by the Museum in 1969, at a cost of £5.

Fetter worked for the Boeing aircraft company, where he produced some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. His ergonomic studies, such as this one, contributed to the design of the Boeing aeroplane cockpit. Fetter was one of the first people to use the term "computer graphics" and his wire-frame image of the pilot became known as "Boeing Man".

Physical description

Black and white lithograph; ergonomic study of the movements of a computer-generated human figure.

Place of Origin

United States (made)
London (published)

Date

1968 (made)
1968 (published)

Artist/maker

Fetter, William (artist)
Motif Editions

Materials and Techniques

Lithograph after a computer-generated plotter drawing

Dimensions

Height: 50.7 cm, Width: 75.4 cm

Descriptive line

Lithograph after a computer graphic, entitled 'Human Figure' created by William Fetter at Boeing Computer Graphics. From the Cybernetic Serendipity collector's set, 1968.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1969

Labels and date

William Fetter 1928-2002
Human Figure
1968

Fetter worked for the Boeing aircraft company, where he produced some of the first computer-aided drawings of the human figure. His ergonomic studies, such as this one, contributed to the design of the Boeing 747's cockpit. This print was published in connection with Cybernetic Serendipity, a ground-breaking exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in 1968.

Lithograph
Published by Motif Editions, 1968
Museum no. Circ.773-1969 [07/12/2009 - 20/06/2010]

Materials

Printing ink

Techniques

Lithography; Plotter drawing; Computer-aided design

Subjects depicted

Male figure

Categories

Computer Art; Prints; Printmaking techniques

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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