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Collapse of the Art Market

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (probably, made)
    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca. 1992 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Burke, Chris (artist)
    The Times (published)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and wash? on paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case WD, shelf 110, box A

This illustration was published in The Sunday Times in the Arts section on 26th April 1992. It provides a witty comment on a contemporary aspect of the recession, which had had an impact on both the art trade and museums.

Chris Burke (born 1955) is one of the most successful contemporary British illustrators whose work has been a regular feature in such publications as The Listener, The Radio Times, You Magazine and most notably The Sunday Times for which he produces a weekly drawing.

Physical description

This cartoon drawing shows a man wearing white vest, grey overall jacket and blue trousers, and sporting a large beer belly, carrying away a gilt frame. He has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth and wears white trainers. Behind him is a line drawing with grey wash showing an art gallery shop window with closing down sign and cardboard boxes visible. There is no picture in the frame, so the man appears to make the image, except that his trainers show from underneath the frame. The image is signed and dated at the bottom right in inks of various colours.

Place of Origin

London (probably, made)
London (published)


ca. 1992 (made)


Burke, Chris (artist)
The Times (published)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and wash? on paper

Marks and inscriptions

artist signature and date in different coloured inks

1 [within circle]
numbered in pencil bottom left of sheet


Height: 55.5 cm sheet, Width: 40 cm sheet, Height: 44 cm image size maximum (irregular line), Width: 37 cm image size maximum (irregular line)

Object history note

Purchased from the artist 1993.

Descriptive line

Drawing, 'Collapse of the Art Market', by Chris Burke; England, ca. 1992.

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

The Sunday Times. Arts section. 26th April 1992.


Pen and ink; Wash; Paper



Subjects depicted

Window; Cigarette; Frame; Man; Overalls; Trainers




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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