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He's heard about the V & A extension

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1998 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Blower, Patrick (Mr.) (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 52

Physical description

Cartoon of Prince Albert, come to life in the Albert Memorial, expressing anger at the proposed Spiral building at the V & A. Signed, inscribed with title and instructions to the printers of the Evening Standard.

Place of Origin

Britain (made)


1998 (made)


Blower, Patrick (Mr.) (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

"He's heard about the V & A extension"
picture title; Handwriting; bottom margin; pen and ink

No tint. Diary x 4 cols. Evening Standard 18.1.98
handwriting; front top margin; ink

1) Signature; front, bottom right; ink


Height: 34.5 cm, Width: 41.8 cm

Object history note

Acquired in 1999
This drawing was reproduced in the Diary Column of the Evening Standard on 18th November 1998

Historical context note

The Spiral project, a proposed extension to the V & A, was designed by David Liebeskind as a radical modern departure from the traditional Italianate architecture favoured by Prince Albert.

Descriptive line

Cartoon by Patrick Blower - "He's heard about the V & A extension" showing Prince Albert in the Albert Memorial, come to life, expressing anger at the Spiral, a proposed extension to the V & A. Published in the Evening Standard 18.11.1998


Ink; Paper; Correcting fluid





Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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