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Drawing - The Shop

The Shop

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1945 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Brandt, Rolf, born 1906 - died 1986 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Graphite pencil on white paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist's daughter, Susan Brandt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case I, shelf 128, box B

Although he trained as an actor, Rolf Brandt enjoyed drawing and making collages. In his native Germany he developed an interest in Dada and Surrealism and in Bauhaus artists such as Paul Klee. He moved to London from Hamburg in the early 1930s with his brother Bill (1904–83), who became famous as a photographer.

This drawing was made for a short story written by Brandt himself. It reflects the Surrealist quality of Brandt’s imagination, whereby even a shop on a quiet country road takes on an eerie quality. Disembodied hands point to the resemblance between a child-like but ghostly face in the shop window and an equally ghostly face on a map.

Physical description

A landscape with a road curving from foreground to the horizon; on the left in foreground a building in sharp perspective with tiled roof, smoking chimney, closed door and ?a window with a hazy image of a woman's head and shoulders; to the right: hands holding an unfolded piece of paper on which is inscribed a drawing resembling, on one side, the face in the 'window'.. The paper is thin and may be Japanese, slightly discoloured through age and pasted to a support sheet on the upper margin.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1945 (made)


Brandt, Rolf, born 1906 - died 1986 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Graphite pencil on white paper

Marks and inscriptions

'2/Chap.II...they compared it with the /drawing...'
Inscribed in pencil

Artist's monongram to right of pencil inscription

'8.4 Umbrella 2973/ 2 ?120AT 30 Oct. Susan 7.5'
Inscribed variously in pencil on the back of the support sheet


Height: 29.5 cm irregular, Width: 23.3 cm irregular, Height: 30 cm support sheet, Width: 23.4 cm support sheet

Descriptive line

Drawing for 'The Man With The Red Umbrella' a short story written and illustrated by Rolf Brandt, United Kingdom, ca. 1945

Production Note

This is one of a number of drawings made to illustrate 'The Man With The Red Umbrella', a short story by Rolf Brandt.


Pencil; Paper



Subjects depicted

Maps; Landscape


Illustration; Drawings

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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