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Screenprint -  "It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know", said the Rose
  • "It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know", said the Rose
    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932
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"It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know", said the Rose

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed and published)

  • Date:

    1970 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (artist)
    Kelpra Studios (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    printer's ink, paper, screenprint

  • Credit Line:

    The Institute of Contemporary Prints, Tate Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 103

At the end of the 1960s, disillusioned with London life, Peter Blake moved with his wife, artist Jann Haworth, and their daughter to Wellow, a small village near Bath. On the spring solistice of 1975, Blake and Haworth founded the Brotherhood of Ruralists with fellow artists Ann and Graham Arnold, David Inshaw and Annie and Graham Ovenden. Blake said of the Ruralist mission:

Simply, our aims are the continuation of a certain kind of English painting; we admire Samuel Palmer, Stanley Spencer, Thomas Hardy, Elgar, cricket, English Landscape, the Pre-Raphaelites, etc… Our aims are to paint about love, beauty, joy, sentiment and magic. We still believe in painting with oil paint on canvas, putting the picture in the frame and hopefully, that someone will like it, buy it and hang it on their wall to enjoy it.

Blake’s Ruralist paintings are dominated by literary subjects drawn from English literature, particularly the works of William Shakespeare and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Physical description

Screenprint on paper

Place of Origin

London (printed and published)


1970 (printed)


Sir Peter Blake, born 1932 (artist)
Kelpra Studios (printers)

Materials and Techniques

printer's ink, paper, screenprint

Marks and inscriptions

"It isn’t manners for us to begin, you know", said the Rose
printed beneath image

in pencil after printed inscription

Peter Blake
in pencil underneath image on right side


Height: 653 mm sheet, Width: 507 mm sheet, Height: 243 mm printed image, Width: 180 mm printed image, : 653 mm, : 507 mm

Object history note

This series of prints are from the suite made in 1970 illustrating 'Alice in Wonderland', reproducing watercolours made by the artist over about 2 years prior to printing. They were printed by Kelpra Studio, London, in an edition of 100.

Descriptive line

Print by Peter Blake from a suite illustrating 'Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There'. 1970.

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

Taken from Departmental Circulation Registers: 1976-1977

Production Note

Printed in an edition of 100


Printer's ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Roses; Sunflowers; Flower gardens


Prints; Illustration

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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