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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McDonald, Ken, born 14 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wool lined with screen-printed satin

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This work was commissioned by London Printworks Trust, a fabric-printing studio that also organises exhibitions of work by artists and designers using printed textiles. It was included in the 1998 exhibition ‘Masquerade’, an installation of clothing that imitated fashionable, commercially produced garments, with the intention of investigating the way clothes can transform our sense of self, break taboos and question stereotypes.

The coat that Ken McDonald used for this work was found in a gutter, apparently cast off by a homeless person. He decided to line the coat with a reproduction in satin of The Madonna and Child with Saints Julian and Lawrence by Gentile da Fabriano (1370–1427). St Lawrence is especially revered for his care of the poor. The re-worked coat, shabby and dirty but with a sumptuous lining, suggests that outward appearances should not be taken as a measure of character. By choosing a religious image for the lining McDonald also suggests that the modest and self-effacing may be more spiritual than those who make a show of their wealth.

Physical description

Woollen coat in rather poor condition (It was retrieved from a gutter in Notting Hill) which has been relined with a screen-printed satin lining. This bears a repeat image of 'Madonna and Child with Saints Julian and Lawrence' by the international Gothic artist, Gentile da Fabriano

Place of Origin

London (made)


1998 (made)


McDonald, Ken, born 14 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wool lined with screen-printed satin


Length: 100 cm collar to hem, Width: 148 cm opening to, to include overlap of 2.5cm

Descriptive line

Coat (found object in London street gutter) re-lined with screen print on satin.

Production Note

Woollen coat lined with image of Madonna and Child with Saints Julian and Lawrence by Gentile da Fabriano, screenprinted onto satin.


Colour printing ink; Satin; Wool (textile)



Subjects depicted

Painting; Down-and-outs; Altarpiece; Spirituality


Black History; Christianity; Clothing; Fashion; Performance art; Prints; Religion

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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