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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1979 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gentleman, David, born 1930 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood-engraving, black and red ink, blue crayon and photo-mechanical transfer, overlaid with clear plastic film

  • Museum number:

    E.779-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 144, box A

When he was commissioned to design murals for the platforms of Charing Cross underground station, artist David Gentleman (born 1930) chose as his theme the building of the medieval Charing Cross, one of the twelve memorial crosses commemorating Queen Eleanor (who died in 1290). He devised a scheme to take into account the architecture of the station, allowing spaces for entrances and exits and litter bins. He collaged together nearly 50 wood engravings which were then screen-printed onto melamine sheets by Perstorp Waterite Limited. This was the first large-scale application of wood engraving.

Physical description

Wood-engraved proof of design for the mural decorations for the Northern Line platforms at Charing Cross station, showing two medieval barrowmen, a dog, and other figures in the background carrying baskets.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1979 (made)

Artist/maker

Gentleman, David, born 1930 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood-engraving, black and red ink, blue crayon and photo-mechanical transfer, overlaid with clear plastic film

Dimensions

Height: 8.7 cm image, Width: 12.3 cm image, Height: 15.7 cm sheet, Width: 20.9 cm sheet

Object history note

Acquired in connection with the display A Fine Line - Commercial Wood Engraving in Britain, V&A, 10 October 1994 - 26 March 1995.

Descriptive line

Wood engraved proofs of design for the mural decorations for the Northern Line platforms at Charing Cross station, by David Gentleman; British, 1979

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

Gentleman, David. A Cross for Queen Eleanor. London, 1979.

Labels and date

[Draft?] The artist chose as his theme the building of the medieval Charing Cross, one of the twelve memorial crosses commemorating Queen Eleanor (who died in 1290). He devised a scheme to take into account the architecture of the station, allowing spaces for entrances and exits and litter bins. He collaged together nearly 50 wood engravings which were then screen-printed onto melamine sheets by Perstorp Waterite Limited. This was the first large-scale application of wood engraving. [1994]

Materials

Ink; Paper; Crayon; Film

Techniques

Wood-engraving

Subjects depicted

Chisel; Stretchers (conveyances); Stone; Liripipes; Labourers; Mediaeval Costume studies; Baskets; Dog; Eleanor Crosses

Categories

Wall coverings; Designs; Prints; Transport; Images Online; Illustration

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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