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Print - The Charms of Lincolnshire
  • The Charms of Lincolnshire
    Perry, Grayson, born 1960
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The Charms of Lincolnshire

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    2006 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Perry, Grayson, born 1960 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Screenprint on cotton cloth, with thread

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gill Saunders

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 145

Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary artists. His primary medium is pottery, with drawn, incised and transfer-printed decoration. His imagery is a potent combination of contemporary urban themes, often autobiographical, with social and political critiques, but often represented in the idiom of historic ceramic design or with historic decorative styles and motifs.

This printed tea-towel is a multiple (unlimited edition) designed and made for sale alongside his exhibition The Charms of Lincolnshire at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London, 2006 (first shown at The Collection, the new museum of art and archaeology in Lincolnshire). For this show Perry selected historic artefacts – everything from toys, costume and bibles to game-keepers’ traps, coffin plates and a wooden hearse, from various museums of rural life and social history in Lincolnshire. These were shown in conjunction with his own works – including dolls, vases, plates, and an embroidered sampler, all of which were designed to blend together in what was described as “a three-dimensional narrative poem” exploring death, childhood, religion, folk art, hunting and the feminine (a theme of particular interest to Perry, who is a transvestite). Many of the objects in the exhibition are depicted in the image on the tea-towel, with Lincoln Cathedral in the background and with various phallic fungi prominent in the foreground. The title of the exhibition evokes a bucolic cliché of National Trust England; Perry chose to design a tea-towel as a reference to the ubiquitous souvenir tea-towels found in every NT and country-house gift shop.

Physical description

Printed tea-towel with pictorial scene showing places and objects associated with Lincolnshire.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


2006 (made)


Perry, Grayson, born 1960 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Screenprint on cotton cloth, with thread


Height: 47.6 cm, Width: 76 cm

Descriptive line

'The Charms of Lincolnshire', printed tea-towel with pictorial scene by Grayson Perry, United Kingdom, 2006.





Subjects depicted

Cathedral; Dolls; Hearse; Weathervanes; Coffin


Artists' multiples; Prints; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Unlimited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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