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Alice in Wonderland

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1970-1 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on white paper

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired from Leslie Waddington Galleries Ltd, London in 1972

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.11-1972

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 307, box A

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 white paper with crinkled edges, signed and numbered 3/100. Text is printed along the bottom of the image with excerpts from the original manuscript, featuring the characters of Alice, running against a background of topiary. One leg of the Red King appears at the left edge.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)

Date

1970-1 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on white paper

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 in image, Width: 7.0125 cm image, Height: 665 mm, Width: 506 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

Screenprint by Peter Blake from the series "Alice in Wonderland". Great Britain, 1970-1.

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

Taken from Departmental Circulation Register 1972

Production Note

Printed in an edition of 100

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Screenprint

Subjects depicted

Running

Categories

Illustration; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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