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Print - Cathedral of Dreams
  • Cathedral of Dreams
    Wight, Dorothea, born 1944 - died 2013
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Cathedral of Dreams

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    late 20th century (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wight, Dorothea, born 1944 - died 2013 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour mezzotint

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 301, box D

Dorothea Wight (born 1944) established Studio Prints, London, in 1968 as an editioning workshop and has since worked with Frank Auerbach, Stephen Conroy, Lucian Freud and Celia Paul, alongside Marc Balakjian who joined her at Studio Prints in the 1970s.

Wight studied at Dartington School of Art, and did a postgraduate degree at the Slade School in London. She has specialised in colour mezzotints and her work has been exhibited internationally in many biennales and triennales. An example of her work was used by print curator and historian Pat Gilmour in her book ‘Understanding Contemporary Prints’ to illustrate the mezzotint process.

This is one of four examples by Wight in the V&A collection; each is a colour mezzotint and each takes the form of a view of a landscape through a window, but her real subject is light and the way it changes with the seasons, the time of day, and the framing of the view (by curtains, blind, window frames etc).

Physical description

An image of a tall window framed by pilasters and with curtains which appear to be outside the frame, with a view of clouded sky and a glimpse of green fields and slopes.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


late 20th century (printed)


Wight, Dorothea, born 1944 - died 2013 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour mezzotint

Marks and inscriptions

A/P Cathedral of Dreams Dorothea Wight
Edition number, title and signature; in pencil


Height: 62.6 cm sheet, Width: 43.3 cm sheet, Height: 44.6 cm plate, Width: 25.4 cm plate

Descriptive line

Mezzotint, colour printed. Dorothea Wight. Cathedral of Dreams, late 1975-1981.



Subjects depicted

Window; View




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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