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Fireside

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1946 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carr, Tom, born 1909 - died 1999 (artist)
    Baynard Press (printer)
    School Prints Ltd. (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Frances Marks

  • Museum number:

    E.237-2006

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2G, shelf DR112, box MP343

Set up in 1945 by Brenda Rawnsley, the School Prints scheme commissioned well-known artists to create lithographs, which would then be printed in large numbers and sold cheaply to schools for display in classrooms; the aim was to give 'school children an understanding of contemporary art'. Each lithograph had a drawn frame so that the print could be pinned to the wall. In the spirit of post-war optimism, artists responded enthusiastically. The scheme was a unique attempt at giving children access to original works of art in a period of austerity but ended in 1949 because of financial problems. Many of the prints depict a familiar world of everyday rural or urban life, some presenting a version of the pastoral idyll and others scenes of entertainment or leisure.

Physical description

Colour lithograph in predominantly orange, brown, blues and greys, showing two girls beside a fire-range. One girl in white nightdress sits on a footstool next to a high-backed armchair, on which lies a doll in red dress. She is reading, whilst on the floor to the left a girl in blue nightdress plays with her hair. A hand mirror sits on the floor next to her and between the two girls lies a black and white dog on a green rug. On the fire-range is a kettle and cup. The floor is quarry-tiled. A grey border surrounds the image and is separated from it by a narrow margin.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

1946 (printed)

Artist/maker

Carr, Tom, born 1909 - died 1999 (artist)
Baynard Press (printer)
School Prints Ltd. (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

FIRESIDE by Thomas Carr.
Bottom left margin

Printed in England at THE BAYNARD PRESS for SCHOOL PRINTS LTD., London. S.P.8.
Bottom right margin

T. Carr
Bottom right of image, artist signature

Dimensions

Height: 497 mm, Width: 760 mm

Object history note

Gift of Frances Marks, from her late father's collection

Historical context note

School Prints series was published in the 1940s. The idea behind the series was to commission established artists to create lithographs which could be editioned in very large numbers and sold cheaply to schools, for display in corridors, classrooms and assembly halls. The pupils would enjoy direct contact with new works of art. The entrepreneur, Mrs Brenda Rawnsley, wrote: 'We are producing a series of auto-lithographs, four for each term, for use in schools, as a means of giving school children an understanding of contemporary art.'

In the spirit of post-war optimism, the artists responded enthusiastically, and submitted sketches to the selection committee, chaired by Herbert Read, which included influential R.R. Tomlinson, London County Council Senior Inspector of Art. Many of the prints depict a familiar world of everyday rural or urban life, some presenting a version of the pastoral idyll (John Nash 'Harvesting') and others scenes of festivity (Barbara Jones 'Fairground'), entertainment (L.S. Lowry 'Punch and Judy') or leisure (John Tunnard's surrealist 'Holiday'). Each lithograph had a drawn frame around the image so that the print could be pinned to the wall.

Descriptive line

Colour lithograph, 'Fireside', Thomas Carr, School Prints series; London, 1946

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Doll; Fire; Armchair; Dog; Book; Mirror; Girls; Rug; Kettle

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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