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Drawing

Drawing

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Beaudin, Andre (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil and ink drawing on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Walter Strachan

  • Museum number:

    E.224-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 6, box E

Poet and scholar Walter Strachan (1903-1994) was fascinated by the art of the book. His interest was inspired by a visit to an exhibition of artists’ books at the National Gallery in London in May 1945. In due course he wrote many articles on the subject, as well as a major reference work, The Artist and the Book in France (published 1969); he also encouraged successive Keepers of the National Art Library at the V&A “to buy them for England.” To this end he visited France every year, to meet the artists, and acquired proof pages to illustrate his articles and to show to potential purchasers of the books, including the V&A. Over the years he amassed a collection of images of owls; some of these were illustrations from livres d’artistes, and others were designed especially for him as gifts or greetings. The collection of owls began with a visit to the artist Roger Chastel (1897-1981) in 1952, where he witnessed the printing of Le Bestiaire de Paul Eluard. In a subsequent article (“Genesis and Growth of a Collection”, for Connoisseur, 1972) he explained: “My article on Chastel’s Bestiaire had the happy result of bringing me a special print on Auvergne paper of the owl which I had admired in the book. Contacts in the art-world of Paris are close and friendly, and I was marked down as an owl-man, in consequence of which I have gradually been given dedicated owl prints and originals in every medium from pen and ink to enamel…”

André Beaudin (1895-1979), a graphic artist who later became a sculptor and ceramic and tapestry designer, illustrated several artist books. In his work he preferred depicting nudes and animals and birds, concentrating on form and design.

Physical description

Pencil and ink drawing showing two owls in pencil in front of a line drawing in ink of a pruned tree branches and foliage.

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Beaudin, Andre (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil and ink drawing on paper

Marks and inscriptions

1943
Inscribed in pencil on reverse.

pour W.J. Strachan en souvenir d'une visite heureuse pour moi / A. Beaudin 9.3.70
Inscribed in pencil on front.

Dimensions

Height: 22 cm, Width: 15.1 cm

Object history note

This forms part of a collection of prints, drawings and paintings of owls bequeathed to the V&A by Walter Strachan (1903-1994). Strachan, a scholar and collector of Livres d'Artistes, became friendly with a large number of artists, who, on hearing that he had a fondness for owls, began sending him images to add to his collection.

Descriptive line

Pencil and ink drawing, owls, by André Beaudin, 1943.

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

Strachan, Walter J. Graphic owls from France: variations on a theme in an English private collection. Connoisseur. Aug. 1972. pp.240-247.

Production Note

Reason For Production: Private

Materials

Pencil; Ink; Paper

Techniques

Drawing

Subjects depicted

Owls; Tree

Categories

Drawings; Images Online

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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