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artist's book - Primer


  • Object:

    artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1992 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Artemis, Sophie (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

This unique artist's book comprises a primer or alphabet book in two volumes. Watercolour drawings on hand made paper illustrate the letters of the Hindi and English alphabets respectively. Book 1: Hindi is bound in gold cloth and includes translations into English of the Hindi words depicted. The illustrations of animals and objects (examples: tamarind; lotus; Ganesh; sitar) are depicted using the vibrant colours of the Indian subcontinent. Book 2: English is bound in red cloth and illustrates words familiar from English alphabet books (examples: apple; ball; cat; duck) using more muted tones.

"Identity motivates my work: Identity of people, places, cultures, words and objects in relation to each other and in particular the resonance or friction they create between themselves" -- Artist's statement in the catalogue of the 2nd Artists' Book Fair, 21-23 Apr. 1994, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank Centre, London.

Physical description

Unique artist's book (alphabet book) in 2 volumes in Hindi and English. Watercolour drawings on handmade paper illustrate the letters of the alphabet in English and Hindi. Book 1: Hindi is bound in gold cloth. Book 2: English is bound in red cloth. The volumes are in a blue slipcase.

Place of Origin

London (published)


1992 (published)


Artemis, Sophie (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Height: 25 cm, Width: 16 cm

Descriptive line

Artist's book, 'Primer', by Sophie Artemis, London, 1992


Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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