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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
    Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (artist)
    Martello Press in Association with Henry Peacock and Gimpel Fils (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Digital ink-jet print on cotton rag paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artists

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MM, shelf 4

Peter Kennard works predominantly with photomontage to create works that address the issues of poverty and the sale and deployment of armaments. His famous poster reproducing John Constable’s Haywain carrying nuclear missiles has become an icon of late 20th-century disarmament campaigning.

Since 2002 Kennard has also used Computer-Aided Design and, with the technological expertise of Cat Picton Phillipps, has produced a portfolio of 15 plates addressing the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its consequences. The images are scanned composites of old war medals purchased in Camden Market, London, their ribbons severely distressed by the artists.

In their introduction to the portfolio the artists wrote ‘We gritted the scanner, bled on it; threw torn-up rags, flags and ribbons on it; poured oil then stamped on the stuff, burnt it and spat on the lot…In some of the images we used photographs taken with great bravery by documentary photographers in Iraq. Their commitment to keeping us informed often showed us the extreme degradations that this war has brought upon the Iraqi people.’

This print is an enlarged version of one of those in the portfolio, which is also in the V&A collection (Museum no. E.231:1-22-2005).

Physical description

Digital print of scanned war medal and ribbon. Ribbon of stars and stripes practically wiped out across page ( diagonal sweep) and marks in red across the lower part look like caterpillar tank tracks.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2004 (made)


Kennard, Peter Lawrence, born 1949 (artist)
Picton Phillipps, Cat, born 1972 (artist)
Martello Press in Association with Henry Peacock and Gimpel Fils (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Digital ink-jet print on cotton rag paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Peter Kennard Cat Picton Phillipps'
Signed at bottom right margin

'12', '2004' and '2.10'
Inscribed with number, date and edition number at bottom right margin


Height: 109.8 cm printed surface, Width: 82.9 cm printed surface, Height: 111.8 cm sheet, Width: 88.2 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Digital inkjet print, No.12 from the suite of 15 prints titled 'Award'. Large Scale version by Peter Kennard and Cat Picton Phillipps, United Kingdom, 2004.

Production Note

Attribution note: This suite was produced as a boxed set as well as in this format as individual prints.


Paper: Hahnemuhle cotton rag; Printing ink


Digital inkjet printing

Subjects depicted

Prisoners; War


Coins & Medals; Islam

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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