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Portfolio box (lid only), for the suite of 20 prints entitled 'Trust Me'

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (made)

  • Date:

    1992-1993 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marran, Elizabeth (artist)
    Hairston, Michael (printer)
    de Rham, Lizzie (box maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Linen and stiff card or light wood

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 317, box D

The prints in this portfolio take their inspiration from 1950s illustrations of science magic tricks in comic-book, somewhat diagrammatic, style. The artist has taken these and combined them with a kind of 'stream of consciousness' or 'automatic' drawing (where the artist does not really think about what they are doing in a conscious way). In a statement about the set of prints the artist notes that the juxtaposition of title and image, and of illustration (taken from the science magic book source) and hand painted gesture "imply cause and effect, triggering a psychological drama within". Some of the images seem very feminist, in that they show female figures in controlling positions within the overall narrative of the image. The suite shows how an artist can combine a found or ready-made source with their own work to produce images with a certain psychological complexity. The portfolio case was made by Lizzie de Rham, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Physical description

Lid of portfolio box bound in black linen

Place of Origin

USA (made)


1992-1993 (printed)


Marran, Elizabeth (artist)
Hairston, Michael (printer)
de Rham, Lizzie (box maker)

Materials and Techniques

Linen and stiff card or light wood

Marks and inscriptions

Trust Me. Elizabeth Marran
The portfolio lid is printed in white ink with the same plate, bearing the title and the artist's signature, as the title page: E.341:1-2007


Height: 34.7 cm external measure of box when closed, Width: 34.8 cm external measure of box when closed, Depth: 13.2 cm external measure of box when closed

Descriptive line

Lizzie de Rham: portfolio case (lid part) for the portfolio by Elizabeth Marran: 'Trust Me' 1992

Production Note

the lid is in two parts, E.341:23 and E.341:24-2007

Attribution note: this suite is un-numbered but the edition is 20 with three artist's proofs.


Printing ink; Paper





Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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