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Print - Big Spongefinger

Big Spongefinger

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hewlett, Jamie (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case SA, shelf 6

An established cartoonist and illustrator, Jamie Hewlett is best known for his comic Tank Girl, and for his work with the band Gorillaz. This print exemplifies his visual style, combining humour with a political, anti-war message. Although the reference point is the Vietnam War, it can also be understood in the light of recent world events.

Physical description

A print showing a cartoon showing, against a backdrop of slhouetted helicopters and black billowing smoke, a very young American soldier sitting on the floor, wearing full army kit and kit bag, with a cigarette in his mouth and resting his machine gun upright in front of him, and a Vietnamese person coming out from a grass trapdoor in the ground waving a large 'stars and stripes' spongefinger. Most of the image is in black, white and grey, except that spongfinger is in red, white and blue.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 2004 (made)


Hewlett, Jamie (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Artist signature on image bottom right

In pencil below image, right


Height: 345 mm, Width: 697 mm

Object history note

Displayed in the Link Corridor in Aug-Oct 2005 in the 'Street Art' display.

Descriptive line

'Big Spongefinger', print by Jamie Hewlett, ca. 2004

Subjects depicted

Helmets; Rifles (long guns); Helicopters; War; Soldiers




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