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  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2008 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    John Kindness, born 1951 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2B, shelf DR113, box DW21

John Kindness (born Belfast, 1951) was commissioned to create an installation for the Foundling Museum, London in 2008. (The Foundling Museum, opened 2004, was originally the Foundling Hospital, a home for abandoned babies, set up in 1739; the artist William Hogarth was involved with the Hospital, and donated works to the Foundling collection - his patron, Capt Thomas Coram founded the hospital). Kindness's installation drew on the history of English interiors (the Museum is well-preserved 18th century house), with decorative borders framing pastiches of work by Hogarth, and of Dudley Watkins, the illustrator who created the character of desperate Dan, in the Dandy comics. Pulling the whole scheme together was a wallpaper border, based on the rococo style fashionable in the 18th century, but the motifs were in fact derived from photographs taken by Kindness of fly-tipping sites in Hackney. So this junkyard detritus - pipes, tubing, broken bits of domestic appliances - became playful substitutes for the kinds of 18th century decoration which combined urns and vases, shields and swords, with the ubiquitous curlicues of acanthus leaves and twisted ribbons.

Physical description

Small length of a wallpaper border with an abtract pseudo-rococo pattern printed in brown and blue.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2008 (made)


John Kindness, born 1951 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

'Border section from 'An English Interior' John Kindness 2008.'
In pencil, in the artist's hand, on the back.


Height: 24 cm, Width: 72.2 cm

Descriptive line

Length of wallpaper border with abtract pseudo-rococo pattern in brown and blue, by John Kindness, UK, 2008


Wall coverings; Installation art


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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