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Kew Gardens

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1938 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    O'Connor, John Scorrer A.R.E., A.R.C.A., born 1913 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood-engraving in ink on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case EW, shelf 149

John O'Connor belongs to a small group of wood engravers who took up the technique after its heyday in the 1920s and 1930s. He was a student of Eric Ravilious at the RCA between 1934 and 1937 and also worked for a short while for the Curwen Press.

Physical description

Wood-engraving, one of a series of four, featuring London parks and gardens, by John O'Connor. This image features a green framed by trees, with a pagoda in the distance, centre. Two squirrels and a large bird are in the foreground and a man stands in front of a group of trees in the middle distance, right. The wood-engraving is characterised by patterns of lines, cross-hatches and dots, with zig-zags forming the ripples of the water.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1938 (made)


O'Connor, John Scorrer A.R.E., A.R.C.A., born 1913 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Wood-engraving in ink on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Q Gardens
In pencil lower left below image

John O'Connor 1938
Artist signature and date in pencil lower right below image

2 [circled]
Lower right corner of sheet in pencil

In pencil lower left corner below image


Height: 16.6 cm image size, Width: 22.2 cm image size, Height: 26.1 cm sheet, Width: 32.3 cm sheet size

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-engraving, 'Kensington Palace', by John O'Connor, Great Britain, 1938

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1996


Ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Bird; Man; Squirrels; Pagoda; Trees


Prints; Gardens & Gardening

Production Type

Artist's proof


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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