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Design

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (designed and made)

  • Date:

    2009 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    McEwen, Katharine (Maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    gouache, pencil, coloured pencil, coloured crayon, unidentified glaze, watercolour paper, painted, drawing

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist, Katharine McEwen

  • Museum number:

    E.2961-2016

  • Gallery location:

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

Who? Where? How? was a game created for the V&A Friday Late event Home Sweet Home in 2009.

It was devised as a murder mystery trail around the Museum in which the visitor adopted the role of a detective investigating the murder of Henry Cole’s faithful dog Jim. The object of the game was to discover who murdered Jim, as well as where and how he was murdered, by collecting cards placed around the Museum.

Katharine McEwen illustrated each of the cards with either a potential murder weapon, murderer or location. Each of these relate directly to either the V&A’s collection or the building; the murder weapons are all objects from the Museum’s collection, the murderers are all designers whose works are held in the collection and the locations are all spaces within the V&A buildings.

The V&A has a broad and varied collection of objects that document the history of gaming including chessboards and chess pieces dating back to the mid-13th century, playing cards dating back to around 1500, as well as popular 20th-century family board games such as Cluedo and Monopoly. In addition, there is also a large collection of drawings, prints and paintings representing people playing games.

Physical description

Design for a game, depicting an 18th century flintlock pistol [IS:55-2005 & IS:56-2005] belonging to Tipu Sultan, on a yellow background. Gouache over pencil, heightened with coloured pencils, crayon and pastels, with glaze in some areas.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (designed and made)

Date

2009 (made)

Artist/maker

McEwen, Katharine (Maker)

Materials and Techniques

gouache, pencil, coloured pencil, coloured crayon, unidentified glaze, watercolour paper, painted, drawing

Marks and inscriptions

KMCEWEN
Signed in pencil in bottom right hand corner of the image

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm Crop marks, Width: 15 cm Crop marks, Width: 197 mm, Height: 257 mm

Object history note

Who? Where? How? was a game created for the V&A Friday Late event Home Sweet Home in 2009.

It was devised as a murder mystery trail around the Museum in which the visitor adopted the role of a detective investigating the murder of Henry Cole’s faithful dog Jim. The object of the game was to discover who murdered Jim, as well as where and how he was murdered, by collecting cards placed around the Museum.

Katharine McEwen illustrated each of the cards with either a potential murder weapon, murderer or location. Each of these relate directly to either the V&A’s collection or the building; the murder weapons are all objects from the Museum’s collection, the murderers are all designers whose works are held in the collection and the locations are all spaces within the V&A buildings.

Descriptive line

Design for the game 'Who? Where? How?' by Katharine McEwen, depicting an 18th century flintlock pistol belonging to Tipu Sultan [IS.55-2005] on a yellow background. Designed for V&A Friday Late 'Home Sweet Home', 2009. Gouache, pencil, crayon and coloured pencil on watercolour paper.

Materials

Gouache; Pencil; Coloured pencil; Crayon; Paper

Techniques

Drawing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Flintlock; Pistol; Firearms

Categories

Games; Illustration; Designs; Firearms

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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