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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (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:

    E.21-1996

  • 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 a high deck of a funnel ship looking overboard to a moonlit sky. The image also features two emblems, one showing Britannia, and the other showing a sea bird. Birds can be seen in the sky and smoke billows out of the funnel.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1947 (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

Marks and inscriptions

'Harpers Bazaar' 1947
Lower left in pencil below image

JO'C
Artist monogram in pencil lower centre

J'OC
Artist monogram on block, lower right edge running vertically

The Oldie Magazine (G[...? ])1992
Lower right in pencil

JO'C
Artist monogram on block, lower right of image

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm image size, Width: 9.3 cm image size, Height: 21 cm sheet size, Width: 13.8 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 Harpers Bazaar, by John O'Connor, 1947

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

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

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood-engraving

Subjects depicted

Rain; Stars; Moon; Ship; Sea; Birds

Categories

Prints; Transport; Illustration

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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