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Honi soit qui mal y pense

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1988 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Forster, Peter, born 1934 (artist)
    Square Peg Magazine (commissioned by)
    James White Review (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Wood engraving on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.683-1994

  • Gallery location:

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

This striking and original design was commissioned for an unusual application of wood engraving, a T-shirt for Square Peg, a gay arts magazine. It was later applied to an advert in the James White Review. Artist Peter Forster (born 1934) works against the connotations of 'old-fashioned' and 'traditional' that the medium of wood engraving often has in the world of commercial illustration; he often works in colour and uses mixed media in defiance of the 'purists'.

Physical description

Wood engraved artwork originally commissioned for a T-Shirt, used here for an advert in the James White Review, showing two male torso fragments, resembling broken statues, each with an arms around the other's shoulder or waist.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1988 (made)

Artist/maker

Forster, Peter, born 1934 (artist)
Square Peg Magazine (commissioned by)
James White Review (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Wood engraving on paper

Marks and inscriptions

29/88 Honi soit qui mal y pense
In pencil below image

Peter Forster '88
Signature and date in pencil below image

Dimensions

Height: 14.5 cm, Width: 15.8 cm

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

Print by Peter Forster, 'Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense', wood-engraved proof of a design originally used for a promotional T-Shirt, used here for an advert in the James White Review, Great Britain, 1988

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

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1994
This object features as an illustration in 'Out on Display: A selection of LGBTQ-related objects on display in the V&A', a booklet created by the V&A's LGBTQ Working Group. First developed and distributed to coincide with the 2014 Pride in London Parade, the guide was then expanded for the Queer and Now Friday Late that took place in February 2015.

Labels and date

Peter FORSTER (born 1934)

Honi soit qui mal y pense
Proof of a design used for a promotional T-shirt for Square Peg
magazine and a press advertisement for James White Review. 1988
Wood engraving
E.683-1994

This striking and original design was first commissioned for an
unusual application of wood engraving, a T-shirt. The importance
of being given the opportunity for interesting work was emphasised
by the artist himself. 'The trouble with the commercial demand
for wood engraving is that they want something old-fashioned,
Merchant-Ivory-ish. I suppose one of us will end up illustrating the
Tory Party Manifesto. But it won't be me!' [1994]

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Wood engraving

Subjects depicted

Torsos; Homoerotic; Gay

Categories

Advertising; Prints; Fashion; Illustration; Images Online; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Artist's proof

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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