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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.781-1994

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 134, 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 layout of the mural and incorporating the following images in order: two women mixing mortar and another carrying a large vase-like container on her head and men gathering wood (see E.775-1994), four medieval masons laying the base of one of the Eleanor Crosses (see E.777-1994), two medieval barrowmen, a dog, and other figures in the background carrying baskets (see E.779-1994), two medieval masons, one making a frame and the other carving a coat of arms (see E.778-1994), two masons rough-hewing stone and two men carrying wood between them (see E.780-1994).

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: 28.1 cm image, Width: 72 cm image, Height: 13.2 cm sheet, Width: 15.2 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.

Materials

Ink; Paper; Crayon; Film

Techniques

Wood-engraving

Subjects depicted

Mortar; Stone; Masons; Compasses (drawing instruments); Mallets (tools); Birds; Women; Vessels; Wood; Stretchers; Dog; Tools; Liripipes; Trowels; Pestles; Labourers; Chisel; Heraldry; Mediaeval Costume studies; Coat of arms, royal; Trolley (without handle); Frames (furnishings); Sieve; Baskets; Eleanor Crosses; Tree

Categories

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

Production Type

Proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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