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Print - Mandrill and Mangabeys
  • Mandrill and Mangabeys
    Feibusch, Hans, born 1898 - died 1998
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Mandrill and Mangabeys

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    1946 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Feibusch, Hans, born 1898 - died 1998 (artist)
    Baynard Press (printer)
    School Prints Ltd. (commissioned by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

After fleeing Nazi persecution in 1933, Hans Feibusch spent his early career in London designing book jackets and posters for London Underground and Shell, but he later established his reputation as a mural painter. Feibusch drew on mythology, the Bible and the natural world for his subjects. He used colour in a striking way to increase the drama of his painting; the combination of orange against pinks seen here was a particular favourite.

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.

Physical description

Lithograph in predominantly oranges, greens and blues showing three monkeys in front of an orange rock. The image has a wide brown and green border.

Place of Origin

London (printed)


1946 (printed)


Feibusch, Hans, born 1898 - died 1998 (artist)
Baynard Press (printer)
School Prints Ltd. (commissioned by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Mandrill and Mangabeys by Hans Feibusch. S.P.16.
Bottom left margin

Printed in England at The Baynard Press for School Prints Ltd. London.
Bottom right margin


Height: 497 mm, Width: 760 mm

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 entitled 'Mandrill and Mangabeys' by Hans Feibusch in the School Prints series. London, 1947.

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

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Engraving Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1946. London: Published under the Authority of the Ministry of Education, 1949.


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Mangabeys; Mandrill



Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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