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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Morocco (Drawn)

  • Date:

    2008 (drawn)
    2009 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mynott, Lawrence (Mr), born 1954 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    blue ballpoint pen, paper, drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Commissioned by the V&A in 2008

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 44

Physical description

A decorative vignette drawn in blue ballpoint pen on thin white copy paper. ‘Inspiration’ is written in hand-lettering in the centre of the design and is surrounded by flourishes. Various illustrations surround the lettering in a wreath like formation. Clockwise from top: a lightning bolt pointing to a star; a bell; a nuclear fusion symbol; Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde cow; a rocket with a moon and planet; a chemistry flask and test tube with E= mc 2; a reel of unwinding film and a clapperboard; a peacock on a branch with a fish in its beak; a London Underground symbol on a brick wall; a gothic tracery window; a crown on a cushion with ‘vivat’ written three times; a bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti; a lady wearing a hat covering the lower half of her face; a poke bonnet with the ribbons tied in a bow; a bow with a frilled trim; a millinery mannequin wearing a hat.

Place of Origin

Morocco (Drawn)


2008 (drawn)
2009 (published)


Mynott, Lawrence (Mr), born 1954 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

blue ballpoint pen, paper, drawing


Height: 297 mm, Width: 210 mm

Object history note

This is one a series of designs that were produced by Lawrence Mynott in 2008, to illustrate the V&A publication ‘Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones’. The book accompanied an exhibition of the same name, which was on display at the V&A from 24 February - 31 May 2009.

Descriptive line

Design by Lawrence Mynott: "Inspiration", a decorative vignette used on page 26 of 'Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones' by Oriole Cullen, published by the V&A in 2009. Blue ballpoint pen on paper, 2008


Ballpoint pen; Paper



Subjects depicted

Tracery; Lightning; Clapperboard; Moon; Crown; Rocket; Hats; Bonnet; Peacock; Chemistry; Test tube; Star; Mannequin


Illustration; Books; Hats & headwear; Fashion; Designs; Drawings


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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