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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1992 (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-engraved illustration featuring an interior looking out of a window towards a landscape of fields. On the window ledge is a glass and bottle of beer. A cello stands in the cornder and on the table are three wooden flutes. A hand holding a glass, a patterned border (top left) and a framed picture (right) can also be seen.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)


1992 (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

Artist monogram on block, lower left edge running vertically (C written backwards)

The Oldie Magazine
Lower left in pencil

Lower centre in pencil

Artist monogram in pencil lower right


Height: 7.8 cm image size, Width: 10.2 cm image size, Height: 12.9 cm sheet size, Width: 18.8 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-engraved illustration for Oldie Magazine, by John O'Connor, 1992

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

Glasses; Cello; Landscape; Bottle; Recorders


Prints; Musical instruments; Illustration


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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