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Plotter drawing - Untitled


  • Object:

    Plotter drawing

  • Place of origin:

    America (made)

  • Date:

    c.1968 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sumner, Lloyd, born 1943 - died 1996 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plotter drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case DA, shelf 4

American artist Lloyd Sumner (1943-1996) was one of the earliest pioneers to use the computer solely for aesthetic means, and his publication Computer Art and Human Response (1968) was the first text devoted entirely to an individual computer art practice. The monograph is an early example of a publication that included technical explanations on how to produce computer art.

Sumner started producing computer generated pictures in 1964 when he worked at the Computer Science Center at the University of Virginia. It was here he had access to a B5500 Burroughs computer and CalComp 565 plotter. Sumner made his works using extended ALGOL, a programming language, and produced plotter drawings characterised by smooth curved lines.

This print was made in c.1968, the same year that Sumner exhibited his art at 'Cybernetic Serendipity' at the ICA, London and 'Tendencies 4' in Zagreb. Sumner made a career out of his computer art by marketing his work under the title 'Computer Creations'. He used the proceeds to fund his famous round-the-world bike ride expedition – documented in his travel memoir The Long Ride(1978).

Physical description

Brown coloured ink plotter drawing

Place of Origin

America (made)


c.1968 (made)


Sumner, Lloyd, born 1943 - died 1996 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Plotter drawing


Height: 22.5 cm, Width: 29.8 cm

Descriptive line

Untitled plotter drawing, c.1968 by Lloyd Sumner


Ink; Paper


Plotter drawing




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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