Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

  • Drawing
    Issigonis, Alec Sir , K.B.E., F.R.S., born 1906 - died 1988
  • Enlarge image


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1956 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Issigonis, Alec Sir , K.B.E., F.R.S., born 1906 - died 1988 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ball point pen and pencil on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 33

Physical description

Design sketch for the Mini car showing transverse engine, front wheel drive and the gear box beneath the engine, together with two partial sketches of car fronts in ball point pen and pencil.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1956 (made)


Issigonis, Alec Sir , K.B.E., F.R.S., born 1906 - died 1988 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Ball point pen and pencil on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Dated in felt tip pen


Height: 25.4 cm from catalogue, Width: 33.1 cm from catalogue

Object history note

This drawing was one of 165 original drawings by Sir Alec Issigonis displayed in an exhibition at the ICA in 1970. These drawings had been executed over a number of years and were personally annotated by Issigonis in 1970 in preparation for this display. It was subsequently lent to the V&A for the 'Drawing Technique and Purpose' exhibition in 1984.

Descriptive line

Drawing by Sir Alec Issigonis, design for the Mini, ball-point pen and pencil drawing, Great Britain, 1956

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Lambert, Susan. Drawing, Technique & Purpose. London: Trefoil Books, ca. 1984. 141pp, illus. ISBN: 0862940478.
Bardsley, Gillain. Issigonis : the Official Biography. Thriplow: Icon, 2005. 468pp, illus. ISBN: 1840466871.
Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1992


Paper; Pencil; Felt-tip



Subjects depicted

Car (stylised); Gears; Wheels


Designs; Drawings; Transport; Cars


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.